2013 Year in Review: The Redwood Cup

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Published on September 28, 2013

The Montreal Red Lite hoist the Redwood Cup following their win in Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Montreal Red Lite Redwood Cup 2013 winners. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Niagara Fighters celebrating their win. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Women's final between Halifax Highlanders and Niagara Fighters. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Women's final between Halifax Highlanders and Niagara Fighters. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Saturday afternoon local celebraties game. Volunteer host committee chair Paul MacDonald and Rick Allwright of YASTA. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Local teens meeting Dean Brody. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Lots of people at the finals. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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CCMA male country artist of the year Dean Brody performs at the Redwood Cup in Yarmouth. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup Men's Elite Division final between Montreal Red Lite and Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup Men's Elite Division final between Montreal Red Lite and Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup Men's Elite Division final between Montreal Red Lite and Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Here comes the Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The scene and the blue sky are reflected in the Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup semifinal heartbreaking loss for the St. John's India Bears. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup semifinal action between the St. John's India Bears and the Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup semifinal action between the St. John's India Bears and the Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup semifinal action between the St. John's India Bears and the Montreal Red Devil. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup semifinal heartbreaking loss for the St. John's India Bears. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Avengers and Sackville Randy's in a quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Julien Boudreau on the Yarmouth Avengers team. The team lost to the Sackville Randy's in the quarterfinal. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Avengers and Sackville Randy's in a quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Stick salute to the fans. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth Bulldogs and Bonavista Mudslashers in U17 quarterfinal match. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Brandon Bussey gets into the face of an Alma Boys players. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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"Did you know you lost a shoe?" TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Brandon Bussey in net for the St. John's India Bears. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Relaxing on Main Street. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The St. John's India Bears (also known as the Mariners team) finished the round robin in second place. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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St. John's India Bears team. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Yarmouth resident Paul MacDonald, the chair of the local event, and Play On! staffer Ron Daniels putting hockey nets together. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Setting up the fencing for hockey arenas near the Grand Hotel. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Transforming Main Street for The Redwood Cup. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Many banners to be hung up. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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PlayOn! staffer Ron Daniels screws together the frame of a hockey net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

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PlayOn! staffer Matt Oxford putting nets together. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

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Matt Oxford, a staffer with Play On! puts the meshing on a net. TINA COMEAU PHOTO/YARMOUTH VANGUARD

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Current Mariners watching the former Mariners and others. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

SEPTEMBER 2013: By Saturday evening, Sept. 28, 2013, the hockey sticks were gone, the prizes were handed out and cars were driving down Main Street again.
But the memory of Yarmouth hosting the Redwood Cup over three days wouldn’t be forgotten anytime soon, and certainly not by the organization that was responsible for this national event.

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

www.thevanguard.ca

 

“It’s been an experience that I’ll never forget. I don’t know when I’ll get back to Yarmouth again, but the memory will never leave me,” said Scott Hill, the national director of PlayOn! at the conclusion of the event. “This has been a really great week. The number of people that I’ve met that have left an impression on me has been many.”

The Redwood Cup, held in late September, 2013, started out on Main Street in the first couple of days, then for the finals shifted to a feature rink on Lobster Rock Wharf. (See a video from the final day of the Redwood Cup here.) For a second consecutive year the Montreal Red Lite won the Redwood Cup, this time by defeating the Montreal Red Devil 3-2. The Red Lite not only won the Redwood Cup, but also a cash prize of $40,000.

The champion in the Elite Women’s Division was the Niagara Fighters team, which defeated the Halifax Highlanders 5-3. The winning women’s team pocketed $10,000. (Note: the prize amount is based on the number of teams in the men’s and women’s divisions that competed throughout the entirety of this year’s PlayOn! Program.)

The women's and men's finals were televised on CBC.

The winner of the U19 Grinders Division was the Halifax Hoof team, which defeated the Toronto Dumpsters 12-2. In the U17 Enforcers Division the Shediac Patriotes defeated the Beeton Ballers 5-3.

Throughout the duration of the tournament around 240 games were played. (See a video of the sights of the Redwood Cup here.)

Aside from the teams that played in the national four-on-four street hockey championship, there was a team off the ice responsible for the running of the event, and not just the staff and volunteers associated with PlayOn! but a team of volunteers from Yarmouth as well, who were, in large part, led by Rick Allwright of YASTA and Paul MacDonald, who was the local host committee chair.

Add to this volunteer effort the hospitality of the area and the reception the local fans gave to the street hockey itself, and it proved to be a win-win situation for everyone, even for those who didn’t go home with a Redwood Cup national championship.

As well, Hill had praise for the local teams that participated in the event.

“Those that have come out and represented the Yarmouth community, and Clare, the heart that they represented was just tremendous,” he said. “I’ve had a great time and I’m looking forward to the next time I return to Yarmouth.”

Whether that will ever be at a Redwood Cup event in the future is unknown. Hill said there is nothing that prevents a community for hosting the event again, although he says that the preference is to move the tournament around the country.

“It’s a bid every year. We do like to move it around but essentially the community that wants it the most is the community that gets it,” he said.

Throughout the event this newspaper heard positive comments from teams and their family members who traveled to Yarmouth. (View a video of the transformation from Main Street to hockey rinks here.)

Mikey Masucci was the goalie for the Beeton Ballers U17 team. He also participated as a goalie in the celebrity game that featured local people from the community. He said the Redwood Cup in Yarmouth was a great experience.

“Loved the town, the people are excellent, loved the locals. We had a great go in the tournament and all around a great time,” said Masucci, who also played on a Team Canada national ball hockey team. He said participating in the Redwood Cup was a new experience, and a great one at that.

Ed Skerl, of Mississauga, was a parent of one of the Toronto Dumpsters players in the U19 Grinders Division.  He had this to say about their experience here: “The kids have had a great week. The restaurants have been great. The volunteers have done a great job. Everything has been first class in terms of knowing when you’re playing. The kids loved playing on the Main Street and then in between games you could walk down and see the sights. I think half the parents all want to come back and retire in the area,” said Skerl, who had nothing but positive things to say about Yarmouth.

 “It’s great, its almost like it needs to be promoted in the Toronto area for those of us who are close to retirement age. You’ve got golf courses, you don’t have much snow in the winter, the people are great and now you’ve got your ferry coming back. It’s a win-win.”

Yarmouth was also represented at the Redwood Cup by some local teams who competed in the tournament. The Yarmouth Bulldogs in the U17 Division and the Yarmouth Avengers in the Men’s Elite Division were both, unfortunately, knocked out in the first round of the quarterfinals.

The other adopted home team was the St. John’s India Bears, a team that included former members of the Yarmouth Mariners. The team suffered a heartbreaking loss in a shootout in the semifinal against the Montreal Red Devil. But while the loss was crushing, their admiration for the Yarmouth fans was high.

“We can’t say enough about the fans, it was unbelievable,” said Jared Hicks. “It would have been some sweet to celebrate a championship with Yarmouth.”

Said Kenny Mahoney, “It was a very disappointing end but you come out here to all of these games and you’ve got hundreds of people cheering you on and you come off the rink and everybody is giving you high fives and asking you for pictures, it’s just so overwhelming.

“You guys are the best hockey town in Canada,” he added, saying he’s experienced it both playing hockey on the ice here, and now on the street. “I’d bet money that this is the best hockey town in all of Canada and maybe North America.”

Another visitor to the Redwood Cup was country artist Dean Brody, who had just recently been crowned Canadian Country Music Association male artist of the year award for a second consecutive year. The Nova Scotia resident, who is a British Columbia native, said he was happy to participate in this event in Yarmouth.

Brody performed his hit song Canadian Girls during the half time of the women’s final and then a new single, Bounty, prior to the men’s final.

Asked for his impression on Yarmouth’s ability to host a large-scale event, Scott Hill of PlayOn! said there is no doubt this community can rise to that challenge.

“Yarmouth has demonstrated that it can host large-scale events. It will again in a month’s time and it will again in the future because it’s a community that is receptive and supportive of major events and it’s a great place to come to,” he said.

Businesses said the event provided a welcome economic boost to the area.

Even Mother Nature showed she's either a Hockey Mom or a good sport, by providing good weather – and most importantly no rain – for the duration of the outdoor event.

You can revisit the Redwood Cup by clicking here for other stories.

 

Organizations: Montreal Red Devil 3, Toronto Dumpsters 12, U17 Enforcers Division Montreal Red Lite CBC Team Canada Canadian Country Music Association Canadian Girls New York Islanders Nova Scotia Music Week

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Scott Hill, Canada Mississauga Toronto North America Nova Scotia British Columbia

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  • Codie Prevost Music
    December 30, 2013 - 21:26

    Found it interesting reading your year in review post. I'm hoping to get to Nova Scotia this spring for a few shows. It will be my first time there.