First annual Winter Classic road hockey tournament a big score for Wikwemikong

WIKWEMIKONG—Over the holidays the first annual Wikwemikong Winter Classic ball hockey tournament was held, bringing together families and the community as a whole in a fun winter activity while raising funds for a permanent road hockey rink in Wikwemikong.

“The tournament was great,” event co-founder and organizer Lindy Kinoshameg told The Expositor. “It was very successful with vendors, community members, prizes and raffles, and of course, a ton of fun to be had playing road hockey.”

In the family division, the South Bay Minions were the champions, while in the 17 plus division SQAUDD scored their way to first place.

The Most Sportsmanlike Player Award went to Jonas Bondy and the Most Valuable Player Award was presented to Brandon Pheasant.

Mr. Kinoshameg started the tournament with co-founder Leslie McCue in order to raise funds for a permanent road hockey rink in the community and create an annual fun family event to encourage future generations of road hockey players.

“In the long-term, we also want to be able to fundraise to help assist families in need in purchasing equipment for minor hockey,” said Mr. Kinoshameg.

With the support of chief and council and the recreation and youth centre, the tournament went well with a good turnout of players and community support.

The tournament is also held in memory of Mikita Fox, a friend of Mr. Kinoshameg and a Wikwemikong community member who had a passion for hockey.

In honour of Mr. Fox, an award in his name was presented “for player excellence in remembrance of our dear friend. Your leadership, optimism, charisma and kindness have enriched this year’s Wikwemikong Winter Classic.” This year’s Mikita Fox Award was presented to Galen Trudeau.

“Leslie and I are very much looking forward to next year’s Wikwemikong Winter Classic,” concluded Mr. Kinoshameg. “We couldn’t have done this without the community’s kindness, generosity and our family’s support and we look forward to the second annual tournament next year!”

Robin Burridge