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Alumni Hockey Tournament

10th Annual VCAA Hockey Tournament

Hello hockey fans!

We have another successful hockey tournament to add to the record books! On Saturday, May 6, 2017, four teams of determined alumni laced up the skates and stepped on the ice for the 10th annual alumni hockey tournament at UBC. That’s right…10th annual!

Who would take the cup home this year?

It was great to see so many familiar faces yet again this year, but more exciting than that, was the faces of the rookies to this event! This year we had a total of 5 rookies take part and a great time was had by all. The skill level throughout the tournament was something to behold! In the history of this event I don’t recall seeing such a high level of play…as a goalie, I had my work cut out for me!

The round robin portion of the tournament was a tight knit affair for the most part. Team Gold cruised their way into the final with a 3-0 record, but the other three teams really duked it out, with Team Irish prevailing and squeaking into the final. So the final was set for the coveted cup!

Team Gold had a short bench this year, but that didn’t affect their play: they were a powerhouse! After slogging through the round robin, Team Irish took the early lead and with less than 12 minutes to play moved two goals ahead. But alas, Team Gold turned it up another gear and soon had the game tied. Even though Team Irish goalie Cyrus Huang (VC’99) was doing his best to stem the tide, Team Irish ran out of gas and Team Gold forged ahead to go on and win the tournament.

The post-game festivities at Mahony & Sons was a lively affair with lots of great banter between all players. A special shout out to the grads of ’96 and ’91, who have not only been long time supporters of this event, they also each had 6 players from their years play. Way to go to the classes of ’97 and ’10 for each having 4 players come out. Of course, we always need to honour the oldest player, and who also was on the winning team, Doug McConnell (VC’76).

Thanks to Andrew Drayson (VC‘90) at Beaver Buzz for his generous donations, the Mahony family for feeding and watering us afterwards, Brain Busenius (VC’07) and Mike Nardi (VC’08) at UBC rink services, Grand Yeh (VC’94) and Sean O’Keefe (VC’86) for volunteering at the rink, Dave Clutterham (VC’92) for sourcing and delivering the awesome 10th anniversary skate mats, Cyrus Huang (VC’99) for organizing our referees, current students who volunteered to man the scoreboards, all the players, both past and present, and our wonderful fans that cheer us on.

Traditionally we hold this event on the first Saturday of May every year, so stay tuned! If you wish to get more information on this event, feel free to join our Facebook group ‘VC Alumni Hockey Team’ or contact Peter Fahrmann (VC’90) at cupcake22@shaw.ca to join the email group.

Keep your sticks on the ice!

Peter “The Commish” Fahrmann (VC‘90)
President, VCAA



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Past Tournaments

2015 Hockey Tournament

Hello hockey fans!

This year’s edition of the hockey tournament was one of the tightest competitions in the history of the event. After the success of last year’s four team format, this years edition followed up with another competitive event.

Teams Purple, Gold, Finnegan, and Irish took to the ice with fourteen players per side. Due to the growing popularity of the event, we were very pleased to host nine players that had never played in the event before, a new record! Most of the games were tight affairs. Team Purple was the dominant side in the rough robin, and team Gold eked out a place on the final with a better goal differential. After a difficult round robin for team Gold, who had the oldest average age of players, team Purple was too much for them and team Purple cruised to the title and hoisted the fabled cup!

There were some great storylines to this year’s tournament. This year we had the Ho family trifecta join forces, with Chris Ho ’70, Stephen Ho ’82, and Matthew Ho ’12 (son of Chris) all playing together. The first time appearance of the highly skilled Eviston brothers, Pearce ’10 and Bryce ’12 really raised the skill level in the tournament. Another milestone was set this year by Doug McConnel ’76 as he became the oldest grad to participate in the history of the tournament. He made it all the way to the finals in his first year, but came up just a little bit short in the end. “Next year…I’ll be back!”

Special thanks to the many people who made the event a success: Peter Mahony at Mahony and Sons UBC, Desmond Chen’91 who forged the core of the rosters, Jon Tagulao ’93 for coordinating volunteers, Gord ’76 and Marina Bettiol for their time and assistance, Andrew Drayson ’90 for his seemingly endless supply of Beaver Buzz Energy drinks, Brian Busenius ’07 at the Thunderbird Pro Shop, Riyaz Deshmukh ’91 for arranging the referees, and Ronith Cogswell for setting up our online registration.

If you want to get more involved and receive the latest alumni hockey information and news, please join VC Alumni Hockey Team on facebook, or contact ‘The Commish’, Peter Fahrmann ’90 cupcake22@shaw.ca.

Keep your sticks on the ice!

‘The Commish’
Peter Fahrmann ‘90
Vice President, VCAA

2016 Hockey Tournament

Alumni Hockey Tournament Winners 2016

9th Annual VCAA Hockey Tournament

Hello hockey fans!

We have another successful hockey tournament to add to the record books! On Saturday, May 7, 2016, four teams of determined alumni laced up the skates and stepped on the ice for the 9th annual alumni hockey tournament at UBC. Who would take the cup home this year?

It was great to see so many familiar faces yet again this year, but more exciting than that, was the faces of the rookies to this event! We had the greatest span of grad years to date at this tournament. Christian Bettiol ’15 and Gary Koss ’70 bookended our age range this year…yes that is not a typo! Gary now sets the new record for oldest participant, and there is no sign of him slowing down any time soon! The tournament welcomed six rookies to the event and their first experience with our hockey fraternity was a very positive one.

The round robin portion of the tournament was a tight knit affair for the most part. Team Purple cruise their way into the final with a 3-0 record, but the other three teams really duked it out, with Team Gold prevailing and squeaking into the final on goal differential. So the final was set for the coveted cup!

Well I guess that Team Gold just needed to warm up in the round robin because they were on fire in the final! After Team Gold spotted a two goal lead courtesy of Mike Nardi ‘08, Team Purple came back late with two goals to tie it with three minutes to go. Cue the magic! With just over a minute to play, Raymond Sawada ’03 feathered a beautiful cross ice pass to Paddy Mahony ’96 and tucked it past a sprawling Peter Fahrmann ’90 to take the lead. Team Purple pulled the goalie but Gary Koss ’70 did his best brick wall imitation and preserved the slim lead to the final horn. Team Gold tasted sweet victory from the hallowed mug and hoisted it high in triumph!

The post-game festivities at Mahony and Sons was a lively affair with lots of great banter between all player and the fans that came out to watch. We were extremely fortunate to have a very special guest join us: Tom Skupa ’59. Tom was on the very first VC ice hockey team that started way back in 1959! Thanks so much Tom for trekking in from Calgary and joining in the fun. As Tom said to me: “…being here completes a circle for me…I was there when it all started…keep up the good work!”

Thanks to Andrew Drayson ‘90 at Beaver Buzz for his generous donations, the Mahony family for feeding and watering us afterwards, Dave Commerford ’90 for the insurance, Brain Busenius ’07 at the UBC rink pro shop, Gordon Bettiol ’76, Sean O’Keefe ’86, and Aaron Fitterer ’92 for volunteering at the rink, Ronith Cogswell for the online registration, all the players, both past and present, and our wonderful fans that cheer us on.

Next year we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary of this fantastic event…10 years! If you wish to get more information on this event, feel free to join our facebook group ‘VC Alumni Hockey Team’ or contact Peter Fahrmann ’90 at cupcake22@shaw.ca to join the email group.

Keep your sticks on the ice!

Peter “The Commish” Fahrmann ‘90
President, VCAA

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