The Whitney Forum will be the place to be this weekend, with the 39th annual Roller Goodwin Hockey Tournament touching down on Friday.
There are no wins or losses, trophys, stats or glory, but attracts former Flonners from all walks of life from every corner of the world.
This tournament began as the I.O.S.C. Hockey tournament in the early 70's and became the Roller Goodwin in 1975. It has been held in Calgary, Banff, Winnipeg, Warmen Sask,and extra special when it comes back to Flin Flon.
The tournament usually takes place the Easter weekend, except when it comes to Flin Flon it normally takes place the August long weekend.
When Flin Flon hosted in 1998 that is when you saw a lot more family teams get involved like the: Crones, Flochs, the Davidson's and many others.
Another unique thing about this event is you get teams that sign up that played minor hockey together, grew up together, possibly played Junior hockey together.
All the players that show up year to year are connected in some way.
This would be one of the longest running hockey tournaments in North America, and is very instrumental in the uniqueness and character of this community.
You can get everything from players that have won the Stanley Cup to players that you can see on any given night in any beer league that are always welcome with open arms.
This is an inclusive tournament which I believe is one of the reasons for it's longjevity and success.
If you want to see Flin Flon culture at it's finest come to the Whitney Forum to check out the action, have a couple pops and listen to the great stories.
Don't forget about the social Sunday night at the Flin Flon Community Hall featuring the Usual Suspects. Tickets can be picked up for $30.00 a piece at : Pharmasave, Eddies, The Gas Bar and Lloydy's. You can also call Stewie Lloyd at : 204-687-6905.
There is going to be a draw for a Reggie Leach Flyer sweater autographed by, Leach, Clark and Barber from the Broad Street Bully days. Tickets are 3 for $10.00. Draw will be made Sunday night at the Social.
Here is this weekend's complete schedule:
Friday Aug. 1st
Saturday Aug. 2nd
Sunday Aug. 3
6:30 - 7:45: 50A / 50 B
8:00 - 9:15: Quinn / Donaghy
9:30 - 10:45: Doughboys / Kros Pros
8:00 - 9:15: Doughboys / Firemen
9:30 - 10:45: Johnson / Stallard
11:00 - 12:15: 50A / 50C
12:30 - 1:45: Crone / Kros Pros
2:00 - 3:15: Barteski / Chuddy
3:30 - 4:45: Quinn / Johnson
5:00 - 6:15: 50B / 50C
6:30 - 7:45: Crone / Firemen
8:00 - 9:15: Chuddy / Stallard
9:30 - 10:45: Donaghy / Barteski
9:00 - 10:15: Quinn / Chuddy
10:30 - 11:45 Johnson / Donaghy
12:00 - 1:15: Kros Pros /
1:30 - 2:45: Barteski / Stallard
3:00 - 4:15: Doughboys / Crone