Hockey supporter always remembered with memorial hockey tournament

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Tatamagouche & Area Notebook, By Ellen Millard

Tech Tuesdays happening at Tatamagouche Library

Members of the Tatamagouche Fire Department stepped in to do the medal presentations for the Wayne Waugh Memorial Hockey Tournament when work commitments kept Waugh’s sister, Ruth, from her traditional role.

Not too long after the North Shore Recreation Center opened, the Wayne Waugh Tournament first began. Waugh at the time was a young local businessman just getting started in his trucking business, so he decided to buy hockey sweaters and sponsor a local junior hockey team. He took great delight in attending their games and supporting them in many ways even though his own children were small and not old enough to be on the team.

Sadly, he was killed in a trucking accident, but family members have continued to support the team and often his sister Ruth presents the trophies to the winning teams. However, this past week work commitments kept her from doing that and so members of the Tatamagouche Fire Department did the presentations. She plans to present the awards to the Atom and Bantam teams when those games are held on the weekend of Feb. 21 to 23.

Six teams were playing in the Midget games, including: the Tatamagouche Titians, the Cumberland Ramblers, the Pictou County Crushers, the Shelia Star Cops and two teams from Glace Bay, the one and two winners in their playoffs. The Glace Bay teams were the winners in the final playoff with a score of 5-3 over the leading contenders, the Cumberland Ramblers. The Cumberland team is made up of players from Springhill, Amherst and Oxford.

In the Novice games the teams were the Tatamagouche Titians, the Bedford Blitz, the Cumberland Carlines and the Cumberland Scotia Honda. Spokesperson Barbie Cook says games in the Novice level are all about sportsmanship and they don’t keep score and every one on the team gets a medal. The lower level in hockey, the IP, also operates on that basis.

It’s interesting to note that now both male and female players are allowed to play on the teams. In the early 1980s three young Tatamagouche girls wanted to play on the regular boys teams instead of the Ringette teams that girls were supposed to play on in Truro and New Glasgow. Thanks to the efforts of the late David MacKeen, who challenged the Nova Scotia Minor Hockey Association, girls are now allowed on the boy's teams if they have the ability and chose to play. That ruling, which came into effect in the late 1970s, means a little bit of history was made in our small town of Tatamagouche. Besides, it was discovered the girls were good skaters due to their participation in the figure skating program at the rink.

Other events coming up at the Recreation Center are the Ray Thompson Memorial Men’s and Women’s Tournament on Feb. 7 and 8, which also includes a fund raising dance on the second level. On Jan. 31 there’s a fundraising exhibition game between the Tatamagouche Fire Department and Ocean Links Bowling Alley with all proceeds going to the Hockey Association.

So watch for the many events scheduled for NSRC in Tatamagouche and come and enjoy the fun. For more information contact Barbie Cook at


For those of us who didn’t have computers in our lives when we were growing up, help is available at the Tatamagouche Library on Main Street.

The three sessions, aptly named “Tech Tuesdays,” start on Jan. 28 and times are from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. That night’s sessions offer instruction on composing emails, attaching and downloading files and pictures, managing contact lists and setting up a free Gmail account.

Topics on the evening of Feb. 11 (times are the same) are creating a new account, finding your friends and uploading photos and videos.

The final session on Feb. 25 offers information on buying and selling on Kijiji (and again the times are the same). The topics are how to make your own ads and how to browse by category and region.

For more information call the Library at 657-3064. The program is part of the N.S. Community Access Program. Everyone is welcome.

Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at

Organizations: North Shore Recreation Center, Tatamagouche Fire Department, Tatamagouche & Area Shelia Star Cops Cumberland Scotia Honda Nova Scotia Minor Hockey Association Tatamagouche Library

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Glace Bay, Pictou County Oxford Truro New Glasgow Sand Point

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