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October 17, 2013

SPORTS BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Register soon for Roy’s Cup Tournament

LONDONDERRY — The dates have been set for the eighth annual Roy’s Cup Hockey Tournament, Feb. 7-9, 2014.

The ice hockey tournament benefits the Samantha C. Smith Foundation, named in memory of Samantha Smith of Auburn, who died at age 8 in a boating accident in 2004. Her family established the fund in her memory, and awards educational and hockey scholarships annually. Visit scsfund.org.

This marks the 10th year of Samantha’s passing and organizers invite everyone to come and celebrate Samantha’s spirit. Roy’s Cup 2014 is now accepting teams for this coming year’s tournament.

They expect a full field of 16 teams and already have eight teams committed. The cost is $1,000 per team with a six-person team. Two eight-team divisions, the Pink and Purple, will play this coming year.

Application and payment due no later than Dec. 1.

It’s a three-game, round robin play, plus playoffs, with a minimum of four games. Games will be played with “nice pucks.”

Police, fire invited to try out for hockey teams

MANCHESTER — On Saturday, March 1, firefighters and police officers from around the state will hit the ice at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester for the seventh annual CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship. Last year’s event attracted 5,500 fans and raised more than$190,000 for the children and families at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The hockey event has grossed just shy of $1 million dollars since its inception in 2008.

Tryouts to secure a position on one of the Badges teams are set for Monday, Oct. 28, and Monday, Nov. 4, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. New Hampshire firefighters and police officers, professional and volunteer, are invited to bring their skills and passion to the ice to compete for a chance to play.

Participants must register online at chadhockey.org in order to be eligible for tryouts. Ice times are as follows: Monday, Oct. 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m., fire; 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., police; Monday, Nov. 4, 5 to 6:30 p.m., police; 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., fire.

Take the family to ‘Salmon Sunday’

CONCORD — Bring the kids and explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire’s big lakes, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s annual “Salmon Sunday” event on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pope Dam in Melvin Village. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro.

“Salmon Sunday is a great chance for everyone to get a close-up look at landlocked salmon from Lake Winnipesaukee in their fall spawning colors,” said Don Miller, fisheries biologist for the Lakes Region. “Kids love to see the big salmon, averaging about three pounds each, and watch biologists collect the eggs.”

During the event, fisheries biologists will be busy harvesting, or “stripping,” eggs and milt from adult salmon. Standing knee-deep in the cold water of the Melvin River, scientists expertly relieve the colorful adult female salmon of their eggs by stroking their stomachs. Milt from the male fish is obtained in the same way, and mixed with the gold-colored eggs to fertilize them.

Salmon used for the stripping demonstration are netted from Lake Winnipesaukee during October and early November. They are returned to the lake after their eggs and milt have been collected. The fertilized eggs are taken to Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham, where they will hatch in three to four months. The salmon are raised in the hatchery for about 18 months, then stocked into Lake Winnipesaukee and other New Hampshire lakes.

Fish and Game staff will be on hand to answer questions about salmon, the egg-stripping process and the stocking program that ensures these beautiful fish continue to be available in the lakes for anglers to catch.

Salmon Sunday is a “rain or shine” event. Dress warmly. If you have questions about Salmon Sunday, call 744-5470.