HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – The 2017 Plumber’s Cup was held at the EJ Broomfield Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 27 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The annual event is a three-on-three hockey tournament, where each game is played over one 10-minute period.
This year there were a total of 12 teams split into two pools, with the top four teams in each pool qualifying for the quarter finals.
It was a full day of action with competition starting at 8 a.m. and not finishing until 5.30 p.m. The matches were fast and frenetic, with the teams leaving it all out there for the full 10-minutes of each game.
Plumber’s Cup organizer Keith Leonard said the event first started back in 1998, but they didn’t start handing out an actual trophy until the 2000 tournament.
The event is named in honour of the late Steve Ramey, who was heavily involved in the development of hockey in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and also owned a plumbing business. He was responsible for construction of the trophy, which is made exclusively out of plumbing parts.
After completing all preliminary matches, quarter-finals and semi-finals, participants were left with the final two teams for the tournament decider.
The team consisting of Jamie Abbass, Blair McLean, Allister Morris and goaltender Perry Eddy, who finished third in Pool B, was up against the Barrys, who finished top of Pool B with father Larry Barry and two sons, Keaton and Mitchell Barry, along with goaltender Shannon Tobin.
A close contest for the full 10-minutes, with each team trying their best to dominate possession of the puck, eventually came down to a single goal being scored by the Barrys, who won the final 1-0.
Leonard told the Labradorian the day was all about having some fun and enjoying a festive drink, and giving the hockey community a chance to get together.