New tourney honours fallen player

The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association is promoting the Bryan Mason Memorial Cup, which will be held during the 2012-13 season.

The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association is promoting the Bryan Mason Memorial Cup (Mason Cup), which will be held for the first time during the 2012-13 season at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Mason was an avid minor hockey player who was killed in a crash in Victoria in March 2011 when the vehicle he was driving hit a power pole on Gorge Road. Mason was 20 years old.

The tournament is the concept of Marc Duquette, whose son Chase was a close friend and teammate of Mason’s throughout most of their AVMHA seasons. League president Al McCulloch as well as Mason’s parents is supporting this tourney.

The intention of the tourney is to promote sportsmanship and safe play on and off the ice, Duquette said in a press release.

Any AVMHA recreational team, atom through midget levels, can request to hold the Mason Cup for the upcoming season. Only one Mason Cup can be held each season.

The successful applicant will receive at least $250 to offset the cost of hosting the tournament. Duquette’s business, TECworks Information Systems, will fund the tournament.

Both the hosting and winning teams will have an engraved plaque on the perpetual Mason Cup trophy, which will be displayed in the AVMHA showcase at the Multiplex. The winning team will also receive a smaller keeper trophy of their own.

For more information on the tournament, please co online to masoncup.ca or contact Duquette at 250-730-1641 or info@masoncup.ca.