“The 3rd Annual Kim Budgell Memorial Street Hockey Tournament has become something very special,” Valmont Academy Principal Ryan Kelley stated via email.
The annual ball hockey tournament was held on Saturday, June 10th in King’s Point.
The event has been growing each year and this year the tournament was the biggest to date. Nearly 250 players on 34 teams from multiple communities brought a festive lively atmosphere to the Valmont Academy school property.
This 3 on 3 street hockey tourney was hosted by Valmont Academy and was organized by teachers and friends in memory of well-respected former principal Kim Budgell, who lost her fight with cancer in 2014.
From registration fees, a BBQ and two prize draws, a total of $5300 was raised which will go to the CIBC Run For The Cure.
Players and teams headed to King’s Point from multiple communities: Rattling Brook, Harry’s Harbour, Silverdale, Springdale, Little Bay, Triton, Roberts Arm, Brighton, Pilley’s Island, Botwood, Middle Arm, Burlington, Baie Verte, Fleur de Lys, and La Scie.
Games were held in front of the school, and behind it as well at the community’s outdoor skating rink.
There were multiple divisions, female and male players young and old, and simultaneous games.
It takes many volunteers and a lot of support to pull off an event involving 34 teams. On behalf of the organizers, Valmont Principal Ryan Kelley expressed thanks to all who were involved:
“We would like to thank the many sponsors of our event, the participants, the fans, the Town of King’s Point and of course the amazing team of volunteers.”
There were really many layers to this event. It was a social opportunity bringing residents together. It was a celebration of hockey. It was an opportunity for a healthy day outside. It was a fundraiser for cancer research. And it paid respects to the memory of Kim Budgell.
Ryan Kelley wrote:
“Not only is it a wonderful one-day event that brings hundreds of children and adults of all ages to beautiful King’s Point, but it also gives children a reason to get outside and play sports.
During the weeks leading up to the tournament, many children could be seen on the rink, practicing and playing together from school-end to dark, no matter of their ages. The tournament has created a ripple effect that organizers are proud of.
Kim Budgell, one of the great advocates for sport in this region, would also be proud of what has been accomplished, both in raising money for cancer research and allowing people to have fun playing hockey.”
In a post on the tournament Facebook Event Page, one of the organizers, Stephen Earle, also thanked the players. He wrote:
“Most importantly, thanks to all the players for coming out and displaying Kim’s spirit through the game of hockey. It means so much to the community at Valmont. It really does.”