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Jets win first Cole Nickerson Memorial Hockey Tournament


Cole Nickerson’s parent’s Steve and Marlene joined the winning Jets team for a photo after the championship game on Sunday.

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The first annual Cole Nickerson Memorial Hockey Tournament held at the Shelburne County Arena raised $500 towards a high school scholarship.

The three-day tournament, which opened on Friday, March 14, was open to ice hockey players ages 16 and up. Team entry fees were charged, and cash prizes awarded.

Roddy Conrad, one of the organizers, said the top winners, the first place Jets and the second place Beerhounds, donated their cash prizes back to be added to the funds toward the scholarship.

Conrad said the games were competitive throughout the weekend and included a shooting skills competition on Saturday night. Cory McKinnon was the winner.

The tournament is intended as a fun weekend of hockey in remembrance of Cole Nickerson, one of the lost crewmen from the Miss Ally.  Nickerson’s parents, Steve and Marlene as well as other family members attended the closing ceremonies as well as some of the games.

It is expected to be an annual event at the Shelburne County Arena that organizers hope will grow in the future.

The Cole Nickerson memorial scholarship will be awarded at this year’s Barrington Memorial High School graduation ceremonies.

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