1955 Vees reign again at Classics hockey tourney in Penticton

Kade Post heads along the hallway leading to the ice for his game with the Broncos. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Modern Vees Mason Liebel (left) and Landon Ruck lead the charge up the ice for the Modern Vees against the Broncos. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Cruz Rasmussen of the Broncos looks to his coach for instructions. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Broncos Owen Nuttall reaches out to grab this puck on this scoring attempt by Modern Vees forward. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Coach Taylor Cote watch as Cruz Rasmussen steps on the ice for his shift. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Kayde Kerber of the Panthers gets ready in the dressing room for their game against the 1955 Vees. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Ryder Morris of the 1955 Vees focuses on his game in the dressing room. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Nathan Marques of the 1955 Vees prepares to go on the ice for his shift.
Panthers goalie Adam Rattray stretches to make a save on this shot from the point.
Ryder Morris of the 1955 Vees gets a pad on this scoring attempt by Keaton Klettke of the Panthers. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Minas Portalaki gives son Matthias some words of encouragement before his game at the Classics minor hockey tournament.
Ivan McClelland of the 1955 World Championship Vees drops the puck for Owen Magness (left) of Penticton Broncos and Nathan Marques (1955 World Champions) novice teams at the Classics tournament at Memorial Arena Sunday. (Jennifer Morison photo)
Brady Burden (foreground) and Liam Marques of the 1955 Championship Vees prepare to hit the ice. (Mark Brett - Western News)

When the fog finally cleared at Memorial Arena last Sunday, fittingly, at least for some, it was the 1955 World Championship Vees taking home the first Don Moog Cup.

The Champs defeated the Penticton Knights 8-1 in the gold medal game of the day-long Penticton Classics 4-on-4 novice hockey tournament, lead by Nathan Marques, who had a hat trick.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees Don Moog remembered at Classics tourney

A total of six teams, made up of players aged six to nine, were wearing jerseys of former Penticton teams, that also included the Broncos, current Vees, Vintage V’s and Panthers, competed for the trophy.

It was the Panthers prevailing 4-3 in the bronze medal game over the Vintage V’s.

The trophy was named after backup goalie for the 1955 Vees, the late Don Moog.

In the girls-only game at the end of the day it was the Legends edging the All-Stars.

READ MORE: Penticton Classics tourney features Vees jersey’s from the past

According to organizer Paul Parkinson, there was an extra special treat for kids and fans with the attendance of Ivan McClelland, the 1955 Vees goalie, who did the official puck drop.

“The mayor also dropped in and, all in all, I think it was a lot of fun and we’re already talking about next year,” said Parkinson.

There was an added bonus in that the event exceeded its fundraising goal, bringing in just over $2,500 which will go to School District 67 parent advisory councils.

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