Ogdensburg Minor Hockey President Rick Jacobs estimates that he and other members of the St. Lawrence River Pond Hockey Classic organizing committee spent over 50 hours to create the rinks and the open skating area at the Ogdensburg Municipal Arena.
Rinks that were never used when a February thaw threw a body check in the plans for the tournament.
But with the cooperation of the Ogdensburg City School District and the Ogdensburg Minor Hockey Association the two-day tournament shifted into the Edgar Newell Golden Dome and enjoyed a successful event on a smaller scale.
You cant do anything about the weather. It had been so cold right up to the weekend and it is supposed to get very cold again this week. said Jacobs.
The setup in the dome was very good and things went well.
Although the iconic vision of youngsters and adults playing outside on the St. Lawrence River didnt materialize the tournament achieved its major goals.
It brought two generations of players together to share in the game they love, it brought several adult players back on the ice and it activated the always responsive Ogdensburg area community spirit to get behind the tournament which has the potential to grow into a major Ogdensburg River Shiver event.
The tournament also proved to be a successful fund-raiser to aid the Ogdensburg Minor Hockey Association, the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce.
I have been on the ice coaching the Minor Hockey12-under girls team but I hadnt played hockey for several years when I played at North Country Community College, said Ashley Baker who played for McLears Pest Control which took second place in the Recreation Division to Team Lisbon.
I was so happy when the guys called me to play. It was great to be back playing and I scored four goals in one game.
The Ogdensburg Leafs downed The Boomers in the Open Division.
Although disappointed that the tournament couldnt be held outside, Mike Fennessy who directed the tournament with City Councilor Bill Hossmer, said that event was a major success because of the involvement of the youngsters, the enjoyment of the adult players and because of the way the community got behind it.
We had great sponsors, so many people donated their time to build the rinks and help out at the tournament and so many businesses supported us, said Fennessy who related that the three rinks set up in the dome honored organizations which have done so much for youth in the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, the Kiwanis Club and Ogdensburg Minor Hockey.
The city was great to us, school district came through bigtime when we needed to use the dome and the Minor Hockey coaches gave us ice time they had allotted for the day. A lot of the Minor Hockey coaches played in the tournament and had kids who played in the youth games.
A.J. Missert Inc. and Coors Light was the major sponsor of the event. Other sponsors were Ashleys Triple A Builders, the Preston Carlisle Law Office, Ogdensburg Family Practice, the Gran View Restaurant, State Farm Insurance, Howland Pump, Wilson Floor & Tile, Bradleys Gas & Service, Ogdensburg Bowl, Northern Limits Farm, Canton Animal Clinic, MAC Sports, Walmart, Little Italy, Mort Backus & Sons, Save-A-Lot, St. Lawrence Credit Union, The Place, Crows Sports Shop, Dillingham Jones & Cissel, Frarys Funeral Home, A.J. Septic, Busters Sports Bar, Blevins Brothers, Sholettes Liquor Store, Jacobs Land Surveying and Parkway Express.
So many people helped out and I want to thank them all said Fennessy.
Rob Ashley at Triple was a great sponsor. Jon Shaver, Paul Wert, Mike Ashley, Dave Doyle and Mike Ashley worked on the rinks, City Recreation Matt Curatolo and Matt Denner, Ron Spears and Ben Stovin of the city staff were great to us, Karrie and Andy Dodd volunteered their time throughout the tournament and Henry Morley and Joe Lynch helped me pick up the wood.