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Kevin Borduzak, twin brother of the late Dennis Blair Borduzak drops the puck in Legal to start the 17th Annual Dennis Blair Boduzak Memo- rial Tournament (4 the Love of the Game). At centre ice is Westlock Warriors player Blake Borduzak (left), nephew of the late Novice player, and honourary Morinville Novice Mustangs Captain Ryan Rivard. Coaching the Westlock War- riors was Blake’s dad and Dennis’ brother Curtis.
– Stephen Dafoe photos

4 the Love of the Game tournament fills two arenas

IMG_4358-2Morinville / Legal – Twenty-five years after Novice hockey play- er Dennis Blair Borduzak passed away, his memory is kept alive through a memorial tournament that entered its 17th year Thursday night. The name of the tournament, 4 the Love of the Game, pays homage to the late hockey player’s number 4 jersey, which was re- tired in Legal in 2004.

Things kicked off Thursday night in Legal with a special ceremo- nial puck drop. Kevin Borduzak, the twin brother of the late Dennis Borduzak, dropped the puck to start the tournament. The family was also represented through Dennis’ brother Curtis, the coach of the
Westlock Team. Curtis son Blake took centre ice for Westlock along- side Ryan Rivard for Morinville.

This year’s tournament drew 18 teams in three tiers. In addition to Sturgeon Hockey Club teams, the tournament drew teams from Edmonton, Westlock, Lloydminster, Meadow Lake, St. Albert, Bar- rhead, Wabamun, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Devon, Drayton Valley, and Fort Saskatchewan.

After four opening games in Morinville and Legal Thursday night, gameplay continued Friday night and throughout the day Saturday. Final tournament games in each of the three tiers were played Mar. 24.

Final results were not available by our press deadline.

Above left: Gavin Lussier of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers rockets one at Sturgeon Hockey Club Novice 3A backstop Reid Lutgen in the opening game of the 4 the Love of the Game Tournament Thursday night. – Stephen Dafoe photo

Senior girls hit court for weekend provincials

by Morinville News Staff

Lloydminster – A weekend after winning North Central zone, the Morinville Community High School Wolves Sr. Girls team took to 3A Provincials in Lloydminster, returning with three losses over the weekend despite a strong effort.

The girls entered the weekend tournament Thursday against Winston Churchill. Though the girls battled hard and rallied
to within two points of a tie in the 3rd quarter, they ended up dropping their first game 71-51.

The Wolves returned to the court Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. to face St. Joseph’s from Grande Prairie. Despite some big runs in what was called a roller coaster of a game, shooting proved to be the teams downfall in the 63-60 loss.

The Lady Wolves played their final game of Provincials Sat- urday morning, squaring off against St. Joseph High School of Edmonton. The girls emerged from that contest with an 80-48 deficit.

Despite three straight losses, the young team is chalking this year’s provincial outing as a learning experience.

Congratulations also to the Atom Girls 5A for their bronze win today. Thanks to Angel Jestin for the photo and news tip.

Congratulations also go out to the Sturgeon Atom A Mustangs, Tier 2 GOLD Winners. The young hockey players defeated Drayton Valley 6-5 to take game two of a best-of-three series this afternoon.

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