Vanessa Walkus hoists a replica Stanley Cup during the awards ceremony for last weekend's Gil Walkus Jr. Memorial floor hockey tournament at Wakas Hall.

Storm rolls to Gil Memorial title

Storm holds on for a 7-6 victory over the Wolfpack Sunday in the men’s final of the Gil Walkus Jr. Memorial floor hockey tournament.

PORT HARDY—Perry Charlie scored two goals and the Storm held on for a 7-6 victory over the Wolfpack Sunday in the men’s championship game of the Gil Walkus Jr. Memorial floor hockey tournament at Wakas Hall on Tsulquate Reserve.

The win avenged an earlier loss to the Wolfpack in the tourney, and was secured only when an apparent Wolfpack goal in the final minute was disallowed.

The ladies tournament drew just two teams, who played a best-of-5 series to determine the title. Leslie Walkus scored a hat trick and Vanessa Walkus added two goals as Robb Swain Memorial topped Gil’s Girls 9-3 in the fifth and deciding match after the teams split the first four games 2-2.

Rather than traditional MVP or Most Sportsmanlike trophies, selected players were awarded “Smiley Gil” trophies based on all-around effort, organizer Rowena Walkus said. The trophies were once handed out by Gilbert Walkus Jr. in the years he played floor hockey before his death in an apartment fire on New Years’ Day, 2010.

Earning Smiley Gils for the men’s winning storm were Moses Walkus, David Brotchie and James Humchitt Jr. Tristen Swain-Walkus and Quinten Coon claimed Smileys for the Wolfpack, and additional trophies were awarded to Jim Bob Charlie and Aaron Walkus of GN Memorial.

On the ladies side, Smiley Gils went to Robb Swain Memorial players Leslie Walkus, Linda Nelson and Haley Scow. For Gil’s Girls, the trophies were collected by Angela Rufus and Margaret Labree.

 

 

 

Mixed bonspiel

FORT RUPERT—The Fort Rupert Curling Club will be hosting its annual mixed bonspiel, A Good Day to Hurry Hard.

The weekend event runs from November 14-16, featuring a dinner Saturday. The concession and lounge will be open throughout the weekend.

Registration is $200 per team. There is still time to register by November 8.

For more information, call the club at 250-949-6463, or email at porthardycurling@gmail.com.

 

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