Russell Dallinger (back left)

Bantams sweep for gold

Teens take two minutes to remember the fallen during Poppy Hockey tournament

Despite the adrenaline pumping, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a bunch of teenage boys took two minutes to remember.

Mid-game at the annual Poppy Hockey recreational tournament in Parksville, the Peninsula Bantam C1 hockey team joined their counterparts and spectators for two minutes of silence to honour those who died in the line of duty.

“I thought it was very nice of the tournament organizers to ensure that we were remembering. That was the important piece,” said team manager Kathy Hansen.

It wasn’t the only memorable moment of the weekend for the Peninsula Minor Hockey Association team.

The Bantam team swept the weekend, winning six games to earn a gold medal.

The run for gold started with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Chilliwack in the semifinal. Then they beat Saanich 2-0 in the final.

“Their gloves went off flying in the air and all of course went down to Josh (Rikhi) the goalie and swarmed him. The fans were pretty excited too,” Hansen said.

“They worked hard, winning all six games was pretty impressive.”



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