Penticton Vees Don Moog remembered at Classics tourney

A member of the world champion Vees is honoured with a trophy in his name

The trophy may be small in stature, but the name it bears is as big as hockey itself in Penticton.

On Sunday, the winning team at the inaugural Penticton Classics 4-on-4 minor hockey tournament will receive the Don Moog Cup.

Darrell Moog (right) and organizer Paul Parkinson of the upcoming Classics 4 on 4 novice hockey tournament and the trophy that will be named after Paul and Andy’s late father Don Moog, a member of the 1955 World Championship Vees. (Mark Brett – Western News)

Don, who passed away in 1993, was the first in a continuing long line of hockey-playing Moogs. He strapped on the goalie pads to represent both his city and his country.

He was the back-up to Ivan McLelland, looking after the duties between the pipes for the 1955 World Champion Penticton Vees.

READ MORE: Novice rec tournament

According to Classics’ tournament organizer Paul Parkinson, the decision to name the trophy after Don Moog seemed the appropriate thing to do, especially as the kids playing Sunday wear old and current Vees jerseys, including the world champs sweaters.

“Naming the trophy after Don was really our first choice because it has a connection from the past to the present,” said Parkinson, noting there is still a Moog family member playing in the Penticton Minor Hockey Association.

“We kind of thought it would be interesting to shine a light, albeit a small light, because he (Don) was on the 1955 team and what the family has done in the community through the years.”

Presenting the trophy will be Darrell Moog, himself a former member of the Vees B.C. Hockey League team in 1977-78.

His brother Andy Moog was a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and played for the junior Vees as well as Canada’s 1988 Olympic team.

Andy Moog and his late father Don Moog with the Stanley Cup Andy won with the Edmonton Oilers. (Submitted photo)

Andy was also a critical part of the establishment of the Moog and Friends Hospice House that opened in 1998 to provide a caring and compassionate environment for people nearing the end of life.

Parkinson connected with Darrell Moog at the Penticton Vees exhibition game Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“It’s an awesome feeling to have that done for the family and I think it’s just a great honour to have that named after my dad,” said Darrell, whose son Tagg is in his first year playing bantam hockey. “I think he would be very honoured to have his name on this trophy.”

READ MORE: Penticton team holds their own at International Children’s Winter Games

Darrell was born six years after his father won the World Cup, so he didn’t get to see him play very much. But Don did tell the kids a little about it when they were growing up.

One of Darrell’s fondest memories of time together with his dad was when he played with him when the Vees’ old-timers hit the ice.

“It was a group that got together every Sunday at 9:30 in the morning at Memorial Arena and they had an hour and a half of ice time, and every now and then I was able to go out because they were short of goalies. People like Larry Lund (another member of the 1955 Vees team) were out kicking around. It was great.”

Six teams sporting the jerseys of Penticton teams—the modern Vees, the 1955 world champions, the Knights, the Panthers, the Broncos and vintage V’s—will take part in the event that runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a girls-only match at the end of the day.

It will also be a fundraiser with money raised going to parent advisory councils in School District 67.


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Photos: Lest We Forget

Today, Penticton remembers those who fought for our country and way of life.

Empire Hydrogen bringing pollution-reducing fuel system on Okanagan tour

The company will be running information sessions starting on Nov. 20.

KIN KITS to provide cold weather supplies to local homeless

The 100 kits will be distributed by local organizations and outreach groups

The SS Sicamous celebrates the season with a light-up party Dec. 14

Carollers, Santa, a holiday model train, and more will be available by donation.

Hello Santa! Artwalk features 17 local galleries

From 4 p.m. until 9 on Nov. 21 the public is invited to the free event.

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Empire Hydrogen bringing pollution-reducing fuel system on Okanagan tour

The company will be running information sessions starting on Nov. 20.

PHOTOS: Hundreds come out to Remembrance Day ceremony in Keremeos

Ceremony began at 10:45 a.m. at Keremeos Legion Branch

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Coquihalla, Okanagan Connector drivers cautioned due to freezing rain

Special weather statement in effect for highways between Hope, Merritt, Kamloops and Kelowna

Summerland council considers change to meeting schedule

Proposal calls for afternoon session and 6 p.m. evening session for regular meetings

Most Read