The Northumberland Street Hockey Festival will be back May 9 for a 12th year, but a new addition to the event honours the memory of a beloved teacher and local sports figure.
The Seggie Shoot-out is in memory of Rick Seggie, Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation special-events and communications assistant Natasha Jacobs said this week at the launch of the event.
Seggie taught at Port Hope High School from 1979 to 1992, then one semester at CDCI East and on to St. Mary Secondary School until 2010. He started the St. Mary’s hockey program, and was also an OMHA coach.
“His name was synonymous with organized sports in the county, very passionate about sports,” foundation executive director Rhonda Cunningham recalled.
“The kids adored him,” commented Scott Fraser, retired CDCI West teacher and mentor of the Youth Cares Committee that organizes the Street Hockey Festival each year.
“Rick Seggie was an enormous hockey fan and a lover of all things Canadian, an amazing teacher, and a proud and wonderful father and grandfather,” Jacobs said.
All ages are invited to try their luck at the pre-game Seggie Shoot-out for the honour of winning the Rick Seggie Shoot-out Trophy.
The event takes place May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Legion Fields parking lot, committee member Claire Stilman said.
Fellow committee member Sydney Stewart said that the first Street Hockey Festival was organized by Damien Cunningham in 2006. In the years since then, it has raised $60,000 for the foundation in support of priority hospital equipment.
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