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Debert Notebook: Young Debert hockey players shine during annual friendship tournament

There are plenty of great young hockey players in West Colchester, and they recently showed off their skills during a popular hockey tournament.

Members of the Debert Cobras pewee team show off their championship banner, which was recently won at the 15th annual Peter Kohler Friendship Tournament.

The 15th annual Peter Kohler Friendship Tournament, hosted by the West Colchester Minor Hockey Association, was held at the West Colchester United Arena on the weekend of February 13-16.

The tournament has traditionally been held in March but this year was moved to the new Family Day weekend in February. Organizers say the change in date helped revive the tournament, allowing more teams to attend.

Despite nasty weather dumping record amounts of snow in the area throughout the weekend, this year's event was very well attended. Twenty four teams from across the Maritimes gathered to show off their skills. Teams competed in different divisions including, novice intermediate, novice development, atom C, peewee C, bantam C, midget C and peewee girls.

"This is the first year in the four years I have been running this tournament that we have been able to host both novice intermediate and novice development levels" said event organizer Dodie Peters.

Debert's peewee and atom teams made a very strong showing. Both teams brought home their respective banners, winning their divisions. Debert's bantam and midget teams also played well, both making it all the way to the finals.

This was the 15th and unfortunately the final Peter Kohler Friendship Tournament. Peter Kohler has kindly sponsored for the past 15 years. Organizers are looking at renaming the tournament and continuing with the Family Day weekend in February as the date.

Peters said the tournament is the West Colchester Minor Hockey Association's only fundraiser. "It has allowed us to keep our registration fees lower than most and eliminates the need for parents to sell tickets, etc. We hope for many more successful years to come."

For a complete list of upcoming games at the West Colchester United Arena, check out the West Colchester Minor Hockey Association's website

Julie Johnstone is a married mother of two school-aged children, fiddle and step dance teacher and a community volunteer. She lives in North River. If you have any community news to report, send it to her at

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