5:30 p.m., March 26)
Revived Bradley Cup tournament a huge success
By Fred Sherwin
been 57 years since a group of Cumberland area hockey
teams last competed for the Bradley Cup.
of Team Cumberland pose with the Bradley Cup
after beating Vars 3-1 in the final. Fred
then the storied trophy has occupied a place of honour
at J.T. Bradleys Country Convenience Store where it has
sat as a silent reminder of a bygone era -- until now.
Friday five teams from Navan, Vars, Sarsfield, Orléans
and Cumberland gathered at the Navan Memorial Arena to
compete for the 90-year-old challenge cup and raise a
few dollars for a good cause in the process.
honour of dropping the opening puck was given to 95-year-old
Eric Smith, who played for Navan in the 1946 Bradley Cup,
and brothers Bill and Basil McFadden, who along with Bob
Burns, played for Navan in the '50s.
team played two 45-minute round robin games using a running
clock and no stoppages except for a five minute break
at half-time. The top team earned a bye into the final,
while the second and third place teams played-off for
the other spot in the championship game.
tournament also featured an alumni/old-timers game which
was won by the Navan old-timers who beat their Cumberland
the game, Navan team member Wally Burns talked about the
extra safety precautions that we're taken for both teams.
had a defibulator standing by on both benches and an ambulance
across the street at the fire station," Burns said
half-jokingly. "The game was 30 minutes and that
was long enough."
final was played between the more experienced Vars team
and the much younger Cumberland squad which had a number
of players with junior and collegiate experience including
Brett Shutron, brothers Michael and Matt Nooyen and Dave
Cashman scored Cumberland's opening goal on a pass from
Devan Coburn at the 18 minute mark of the first period.
Three minutes later Yves Potvin streaked down the left
wing and beat Cumberland goalie Tyler Nutall short side
to tie the game for Vars.
outcome was decided shortly after the half-time break
when Michael Nooyen and Devan Coburn scored 24 seconds
apart to give Cumberland a 3-1 lead, which is how the
captain Scott Toonders said winning the Cup was a matter
awesome bringing it back to Cumberland," said Toonders.
"It was a lot of fun today. Everybody put in a lot
of hard work. But we're ready for a nap now. Hopefully
there won't be much to do tomorrow."
Smith drops the opening puck at the Bradley
Cup as Ross Bradley, Bob Burns and Basil McFadden
look on. Tom Devecseri/Photo
tournament was co-organized by Navan resident Frank Boyer,
and J.T. Bradley's owner John Bradley, who is the great-grandson
of the Cup's founder John Thomas Bradley.
the action on the ice, there was also a beverage lounge
in the arena hall, a spaghetti dinner, a 50/50 draw and
a silent auction with over 40 items.
proceeds from all three activities will be used to help
out Gerry Lalonde, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Grateful for the support, the Navan resident worked the
scoreboard and the game clock for most of the day.
well over 500 people attending the event and contributing
to the cause, Boyer and Bradley were thrilled with both
the turnout and the money raised
won't know the exact total until we get a chance to add
it all up, but it should be pretty good," said Bradley.
"It's been great. The whole community has come together.
We've had some surprises like Navan losing their first
two games. No one thought that would happen, but at least
they were able to come back and win their last one."
was already thinking about next year and beyond before
the two teams took the ice for the final.
couldnt't have imagined it being like this," said
Boyer. "It's been phenomenal and we only put the
thing together in the last month and next year it's going
to be even better. It's going to be phenomenal. This is
going to be a tournament that goes on for years."
and John Bradley present the Bradley Cup to
Cumberland captain Scott Tooders as Cumberland
Coun. Stephen Blais looks on. Fred Sherwin/Photo
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
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