The third annual James Tonk Memorial Street Hockey Tournament took place in the cul-de-sac of Fairways Close just the day after the Amazing Airdrie Women Awards, at which street hockey event organizer Candy Adams was honoured with the Pureform Amazing Courage Award. When airdrielife found out that the tournament was the very next day we had to send our amazing Sergei Belski (who also shoots Flames home games!) to cover this celebration.
The annual event is in memory of Candy’s son James, who, as airdrielife readers know, passed away in 2012. His mom has since launched a foundation to raise funds to make sure AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are in every sports facility and school in the province (airdrielife spring 2015). But this particular Saturday was all about family and HOCKEY!
Candy says that she buys all the burgers, pop and munchies, and neighbours all chip in with salads, veggies, sweets and fruit. “I want to shout out to all of them because they have been so supportive,” she say, adding that such neighbours as Jocelyn Dunn, Karen Crompton and Crystal Adamo are a great help. “This is a great time for James’ friends to get together – the whole neighbourhood watched them all grow up.”
Approximately 75 friends and neighbours gathered this year and all ages joined in the hockey fun – celebrating a truly Canadian tradition.