LONDONDERRY — The seventh annual Roy’s Cup Hockey Tournament took place Feb. 8-10 in Anita and Dan Roy’s backyard ice rink, despite a nor’easter.
The annual event benefits the Samantha C. Smith Foundation. The foundation is 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.
Teams are divided into pink and purple divisions, Samantha’s favorite colors. Play began Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend.
This is the longest running continuous outdoor hockey tournament in New Hampshire.
This year, there were cold temperatures and plenty of ice to skate on — as long as the players could make it to the Roy Coliseum. A storm hampered the movement of a couple of teams, yet all things went off smoothly, just delayed a bit.
Dan Roy, Dave Roy and Norm Roy, along with Bob Bacon, Jeff Savage and a small contingency of other people helped remove snow on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Friday night, three games were played and everyone was away from Roy Coliseum before the winds and snow picked up to impact safe travels home. Some players stayed at local lodging close by due to the snow event.
After a delayed start on Saturday morning, players were on the ice by 10 a.m. and, as Samantha would have it, by noon the sun was out and shining on all.
The balloon ceremony was designed for all to gather and say a prayer for their loved ones who have passed and release balloons in their memory.
By the time Sunday rolled around, there were two new champions and some very competitive games.
There also were some team records: The Chatter Cup Team (hockey fundraiser in Hooksett for autism) had its third consecutive second-place finish in the Purple Division.
Team Public Service of New Hampshire, captained by John Franco, is the newly crowned Roy’s Cup 2013 Purple Division Champions.
Team New England Predators redeemed themselves this year by gaining their first win over Captain Bob Coco’s No-Icing Sports Team.
As far as the more competitive division goes, in the Pink Division, Chelby’s Pizza/Sports Arena Team, captained by Ken Roberge, was the odds on favorites to win it all this year.
This was a highly competitive division with the likes of Stump Chunks, M&R Wood Recycling and the snowed-in Plumbers. In the end, La Carreta/Primerica faced off against Atlas PMF (last year’s Purple division Champions) in a game for the ages, with Capt. Nick Therrien taking home the Roy’s Cup 2013 hardware.
The Samantha C. Smith Foundation raised more than $13,000 for Roy’s Cup 2013, which will be put towards scholarships. Check out Samantha’s website at scsfund.org.