PORTLAND, ME — Over 700 players from 45 teams spanning three countries were on hand for LEGACY Global Sports’ fifth annual “Lobsterfest” youth ice hockey tournament in New Hampshire and Maine this past weekend.
All told, teams from Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Vermont laced ’em up with teams from New Brunswick, Canada and Tordön, Sweden during the three-day tournament played at six different rinks including Family Ice Center in Falmouth, Travis Roy Ice Arena in Yarmouth, William B. Troubh Ice Arena in Portland and The University of Southern Maine in Gorham as well as The Ice Den in Hooksett and The Rinks at Exeter in New Hampshire.
LEGACY Global Sports, which hosts over 1,000,000 youth athletes and their families at over 450 elite youth sports events, tournaments and tours across North America and Europe every year, crowned champions from 2005 to 2010 birth years.
“This year’s event brought teams from a variety of locations which created a great atmosphere for the event,” Tournament Director and Atlantic Hockey Operations and Coordinator Adam Shemansky said. “Having teams from Florida, North Carolina and Sweden gave teams opportunities to play against kids they were not familiar with. Each division fielded some very strong teams which created great parity and it showed with very exciting games in the playoff semifinals and finals. We already are looking forward to next year’s event in beautiful Maine and New Hampshire!”
“This event, because of its location, is more than just a tournament — beach parties, great food and the New England area just compliments the hockey event and gives it another dimension that is unlike any other event,” LEGACY Global Sports Growth Director Sasha Ristic said. “This gives the event a certain flare that is hard to duplicate. Also, we have been able to attract European teams as well the last few years which is just great for the North American teams. They love to play against new competition.”
2018 Lobsterfest Tournament Champions
FINAL — Boston Jr. Whalers 4, SHD Philadelphia Davino (2010)
FINAL — North Jersey Invasion 6, SHD Philadelphia 1 (2009)
FINAL — North Jersey Invasion 4, SHD New England Blue 2 (2008)
FINAL — Arsenal 5, SHD New England 2 (2007)
FINAL — CD Hockey 7, V-Red Prospects 4 (2006)
FINAL — Tordön 4, Champions Hockey 1 (2005)
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
Special to HockeyClan
Main Image: 2008 Lobsterfest Tournament Champions. (Photo courtesy of LEGACY Global Sports)
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