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Second annual Street Jam Gander doubles inaugural event; attracts over 600 players


GANDER, N.L. –  The sound of sticks scrapping pavement was still in the air as a shot blistered past a defending goalie in Gander Saturday, June 2, before being overpowered by the cheer of the crowd.

Street Jam 2018 was underway for a second year.

The two-day tournament doubled the inaugural event, with 86 teams, consisting of 602 players. Last year there were 41 teams.

There were a total of 186 round robin games and 30 play-off games. To pull everything off required 23 referees/officials and more than 20 volunteers.
According to Seamus O’Keefe, one of the organizers, the event was brought about to meet a demand, and that the response received is the motivation to keep moving the event forward in Gander.

“We are in a growth phase, but the people are coming out because of their interest to play hockey,” said O’ Keefe. “We’ve got kids who don’t play ice hockey, with an interest in taking part in this event, so that’s encouraging as well.”

Ryan Connors, of Tickle Cove – Bonavista Bay – played with the Norte Dame Kings.

At the time of the interview, the Kings had lost its first game, and was pushing hard for a win during its second.

“We love road hockey and always attended (other) ball hockey events,” Connors said, during an intermission. “When we heard about Street Jam we thought it was a great opportunity to come and play.”

The playoffs continued into Sunday, June 3, despite the snowy conditions.

“The weather was a bit of a challenge but the spirit of street hockey lived on, and we are looking forward to 2019,” said O' Keefe.

Street Jam 2018 results

Division                                   Champion

Atom A Coed                           Harbour Brenton Crushers

Atom A Male                          Sniper Squad (Gander)

Atom AA Female                      MP Inferno (Mount Pearl)

Atom AA Male                        Central Snipers (Grand Falls-Windsor)

Bantam A Male                      Lewisporte Streethawks

Bantam AA Male                    Benchwarmers (Gander)

IP A Co-ed                               Rough Riders (Wesleyville)

IP AA Co-ed                             Rinkmasters (Gander)

Junior Male                             Norte Dame Kings (N/A)

Adult Male                              Gooseberry Seals (N/A)

Midget A Female                    No Balls (Twillingate)

Midget AA Male                     Fogo Island Woobbegongs (Fogo Island)

Novice A Co-ed                       Roadrunners (Wesleyville)

Novice A Male                        Rink Rats (Twillingate)

Novice AA Male                      Alley Cats (Grand Falls-Windsor)

Peewee A Male                      Central All Stars (Glovertown)

Peewee A Female                  Central Pak (Lumsden)

Peewee AA Male                    Broncos Strong (Fogo Island/Twillingate)

Source: Street Jam

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