KENSINGTON – For almost 50 years, peewee hockey teams from Kensington and Bedford, Que., have been participating in a friendship hockey exchange.
The first half of the Bedford, Que.-Kensington, P.E.I. Peewee Friendship Hockey Exchange takes place in Kensington this weekend. Members of the Kensington team, are, front row, from left: Nathan Wright, Jeremiah Sampson, Colby Russell, Kaelan Wood, Maya Grace MacEwen, Bailey Butler, Jill Lockerby and Ethan MacKay. Back row: Leif Taylor (coach), Ty Sherry, Tori MacPhee, Aiden Campbell, Nikolas Wigmore, Noah Taylor, Jaden Paynter, Ethan Somers and Russell Paynter (coach). Missing from photo is Landon Duffy.
That tradition continues this weekend as Bedford visits Kensington for the first half of the 49th anniversary of the exchange. The Kensington contingent will travel to Quebec from Feb. 23 to 27.
The Bedford group is scheduled to arrive in Kensington mid-afternoon.
Highlight of weekend
The highlight of the weekend is the game between Kensington and Bedford, which is scheduled for Community Gardens on Saturday at 6 p.m. That contest will be preceded by the opening ceremonies at 5 p.m.
Following the peewee game, both teams are invited to take in the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild contest in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League against the Miramichi Rivermen at 7:30 p.m. The Wild and Rivermen will be meeting in the back end of a home-and-home series, which was scheduled to open in Miramichi, N.B., on Friday.
One highlight of the opening ceremonies is recognizing second-generation participants of the exchange. This year, there are five from Kensington – Russell Paynter (1997) and son Jaden; Justin Campbell (1990-91) and son Aiden; Leif Taylor (1984) and son Noah; Chris MacEwen (1988) and daughter Maya Grace, and Todd MacPhee (1983-84) and daughter Tori.
Schedule of peewee friendship exchange in Kensington:
Friday, Jan. 27
6:30 p.m. – Welcome dinner (private event) at Royal Canadian Legion.
9 p.m. – Community social evening at Legion.
Saturday, Jan. 28
8:30 a.m. – Community oldtimers’ breakfast at Legion.
10:30 a.m. – Initiation at Legion.
12:30-2 p.m. – Billet activities.
5 p.m. – Opening ceremonies at Community Gardens.
6 p.m. – Kensington vs. Bedford at Gardens.
7:30 p.m. – Kensington Wild game vs. Miramichi at Gardens.
10:30 p.m. – Community social evening at Legion.
Sunday, Jan. 29
1 p.m. – Family skate at Gardens.
2:10 p.m. – Friendship game at Gardens.
6 p.m. – Closing dinner (private event) at Legion.
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Published on January 26, 2017