Youth hockey scores big with tournament

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The Essex Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) hosted its first annual street hockey tournament at Essex High School on Aug. 9. Teams from all over Vermont attended the event, split into the mite, squirt, peewee and bantam divisions. In total, 25 teams were in attendance along with nearly 500 spectators throughout the day.

“Everyone involved wanted this to be a success as street hockey is a game for everyone. We can all go outside to play street hockey in sneakers, helmets, gloves and a stick,” said EYHA member Mike Smith.

“I think for a lot of us on the street hockey committee, this event was a childhood dream come true. I know for the EYHA, it was about the experience for the kids and to bring something new the hockey community could enjoy. Next year’s tournament is already the talk of the hockey community,” Smith said.

Ryan Young and Tyler Mallette of Essex celebrate after a goal during the Essex Youth Hockey street hockey tournament on Aug. 9.  PHOTO | PAUL LAMONTAGNE

Ryan Young and Tyler Mallette of Essex celebrate after a goal during the Essex Youth Hockey street hockey tournament on Aug. 9.
PHOTO | PAUL LAMONTAGNE

Brady Carpenter of Westford and Gavin Cowen of Essex celebrate after a goal during the Essex Youth Hockey street hockey tournament on Aug. 9.  PHOTO | PAUL LAMONTAGNE

Brady Carpenter of Westford and Gavin Cowen of Essex celebrate after a goal during the Essex Youth Hockey street hockey tournament on Aug. 9.
PHOTO | PAUL LAMONTAGNE