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Men’s Hockey Tournament begins Friday

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The Ogdensburg Hockey League will conclude its first season with a playoff tournament involving all teams at the Richard Lockwood Arena this weekend.

The games will begin tonight at 6:45 p.m. and continue through Saturday and then climax on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. with the championship.

Teams participating in the league this season are: Doug’s Tavern, The Pub, Club 1812, McLear’s, Ogdensburg Bowl and Hosmer’s Marina. On Sunday, from 3:30-4:15 p.m., a family skate will be held for the players and their families which will be followed by a skills competition at 4:15 p.m.

“This season has gone very well and we hope to have more teams next year,” said League Director Mike Fennessy who invites the community to come to the arena, watch some of the action and take part in a Rock-N-Skate from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. on Saturday night.

“The slogan of the Ogdensburg Hockey League is Men’s Hockey At Its Best, Local Hockey Players Giving Back To Youth Sports.”

That slogan was manifested last weekend as the OHL, its major sponsor A.J. Missert’s - Coor’s Light and group of several other sponsors hosted the first annual St. Lawrence River Pond Hockey Classic to raise funds for the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, Ogdensburg Minor Hockey, the Ogdensburg Kiwanis youth sports programs and a foundation which plans to build an outdoor rink in Ogdensburg in the future.

The tournament proved to be very successful and received a major boost on Friday when the Carlisle Law Firm of Ogdensburg made a $1000 donation.

Fennessy said that some proceeds of the tournament’s fund-raising will also be donated to the Ogdensburg Figure Skating Club, Ogdensburg Pee Wee Football and Ogdensburg Youth Wrestling. Fennessy related that the group which built the outdoor rinks at the Ogdensburg City Arena plan to correct the damage caused by last week’s thaw so youngsters can enjoy the experience of true outdoor hockey. Plans are also in motion to hold a street hockey tournament this spring at Hosmer’s Marina. Next winter, the league also plans to host a broomball and boot hockey tournament for people who don’t skate.

Looking toward next year’s St. Lawrence River Pond Hockey Classic Fennessy wished to publicly thank some people who were instrumental in the successful first edition: Ogdensburg Minor Hockey Association President Rick Jacobs Jr., OMHA Treasurer Cathy Jock, Rick Jacobs Sr., Wally Boyer, Greg and Brent McLear, the Ogdenburg Police and Fire Departments and their chiefs for their support and to Dale Donaldson of the City of Ogdensburg staff for his valuable assistance in the building of the outdoor rinks at the Ogdensburg Municipal Marina.

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