Memorial hockey tournament to benefit youth sports

WESTFIELD — Amelia Park Ice Arena will be hosting the inaugural Kevin J. Major Memorial Hockey Tournament from Aug. 19 to 21. The event is taking place in the memory of Kevin Major who recently died tragically in Congamond Lakes. The event will benefit the Kevin J. Major Scholarship for Youth Sports.     

The tournament will feature 15 teams playing two games over the weekend, with the top four teams facing off in a playoff and then a champion crowned on Sunday evening. Teams can have 15 people on their roster and players must be age 18 or older. Each team is allowed to have one player older than the age of 16.    

  “When Kevin’s family approached me about this, they said they wanted to do something at a place near and dear to Kevin’s heart,” Carole Appleton, executive director of the Amelia Park Ice Arena, said. “Kevin not only started youth hockey in our rink, but starred at St. Mary’s, and helped me coordinate our 18-plus league that we started this summer. This event will be an honor for us to put together.”

The weekend will not only feature the 15 teams competing, but a game featuring players older than age 40 coached by Kevin’s Dad, Pat, and family to kick the event off on Friday night at 9 p.m. On Saturday at noon, Kevin’s youngest brother, Ryan, will be playing with Westfield Youth Hockey players, as a symbol of what Kevin’s foundation will represent — youth sports.

Those interested in registering a team or donating to this event may contact Appleton at 568-2503.

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