Members of the Pointe Claire Oldtimers’ 70s team enjoys the action from the bench on Monday during the annual tournament’s first of 121 scheduled games. They were still smiling even after losing 8-1 to the South Shore Sages.
Peter McCabe, Gazette
The Pointe Claire Oldtimers charity hockey tournament continues through the day Saturday at Bob Birnie Arena, the event’s 43rd annual edition wrapping up Sunday with 15 division finals running from 9 a.m. until about 6:30 p.m.
The popular tournament is an important fundraiser for a wide variety of local charities, many based in the West Island, with more than $100,000 shared last year by 52 worthwhile groups.
This week’s tourney, being played on the Birnie arena’s two sheets of ice, includes some 1,200 players on 82 teams coming from as far afield as Switzerland, Vancouver and the U.S.
Dozens of volunteers, led by chairman Rudy Erfle, see to everything from grillwork on the barbecues to officiating the games. Funds for charity are raised through team entry fees, silent and live auctions, a raffle and the sale of program advertising, refreshments (i.e., beer) and souvenirs.
A large tent erected in the arena parking lot on Maywood Ave., between Douglas Shand and Drake avenues, will be the site Saturday night of a dance to the music of the band That Darn Kat, as well as a live auction beginning at 10 p.m.
Auction items include a number of autographed hockey jerseys, including those of Canadiens all-star goalie Carey Price, captain Brian Gionta, a jersey signed by the full Habs team, a Mark Messier New York Rangers jersey and another donated by Marc-Édouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks.
As well, a high bidder will win a visit early next NHL season with The Gazette and hockeyinsideout.com’s Dave Stubbs to a Canadiens’ Saturday game-day morning skate at the Bell Centre. The prize includes a visit to the Habs dressing room and the arena’s press gallery, in addition to a few other surprises.
Items for the silent auction, which closes Sunday at 3 p.m., are on display inside the Bob Birnie Arena. They include many limited-edition signed photos of NHL legends as well as high-performance skates and golf outings.
All are welcome to drop by Saturday’s live auction and dance and to visit the tourney for snacks, refreshments and, of course, the hockey, every dollar spent going to a great cause.
• Visit the tournament’s website here.
Below: Carey Price-autographed NHL all-star jersey, to be auctioned Saturday night. Price’s signature appears in silver to the left of the lower star.