This weekend is a big weekend for Cape Ann Youth Hockey! It is the annual Sal Grasso Memorial Tournament. Each year, since 1987 (there may have been couple of years taken off in the middle) teams from Cape Ann play in a tournament against teams from Westmount in Montreal, Canada. Programs alternate between traveling to the opposing host city each Veteran’s Weekend in November. This year Montreal teams will be traveling to us and we are excited to host their players and families.
Families who have been a part of Cape Ann Youth Hockey will tell you that the camaraderie off the ice between teammates, friends, and families is just as important as any game play that takes place on the ice…if not more. Hockey is a commitment… to say the least. There are long weekends spent in cars, early morning wake ups, and expenses that are sometimes quiet hard to believe, but….through it all, the highs and the lows, shines the Sal Grasso Memorial Friendship Tournament.
Opening ceremonies take place on Friday at 4:30 and will continue all weekend long until the 3:00 pm closing ceremonies on Sunday. Please stop by and cheer on our home teams.
Sportsmanship, friendship, and teamwork are at the heart of it all, but both programs will tell you that winning is nice too. The Westmount teams, unbelievably, took the trophy for the tournament’s first 14 years in a row! Since then, Cape Ann has won seven and Westmount five.
Montreal won the tournament last year. Cape Ann is looking to keep the cup here in Gloucester Sunday afternoon. Full stands and local support will certainly help that cause.
Read more about past tournaments by following these links:
This tradition is important to Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the City of Gloucester. Please come to Talbot Rink this weekend to cheer on our teams and to welcome our friends from Westmount.
Friends of CAYH, Paul T. Russo and Shawn Grasso will be dropping the ceremonial pucks for the first games.
Let’s fill the stands!!!