By Sean Pearson
Co-ed hockey players from Juneau, Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna and Homer gathered at Kevin Bell Arena over the weekend to compete in the Homer Co-ed Adult Hockey Jamboree. Some 48 players — including four goalies — participated in the tourney. Senator Peter Micciche strapped on the pads and tended goal for two games.
Tournament organizer Jan Rumble said this was the first adult co-ed hockey jamboree offered in Homer. Players registered separately, and tournament organizers combined athletes with a varied level of hockey skills in an attempt to create teams that would be competitive with each other.
Rumble said players’ skill levels ranged from beginners to a previous Junior A (high-level) player. Goalies rotated through the teams.
Games got underway Friday evening, and continued through the weekend until Sunday’s championship game.
Jamboree organizers did an excellent job of spreading around the talent, as teams were well-matched, and scores in all but one game were within one goal of each other.
Team 4 took the championship title with a 3-2 Sunday win over Team 2. Team 1 and Team 3 tied in the previous game, which confirmed Team 3 in third and Team 1 in fourth place.
Organizers said they plan to expand the tournament next year to include more out-of-town players — and come up with better team names.
Rumble thanked all the volunteers, score and time keepers, hospitality and the great job done by Homer referees. Organizers also thank the out-of-town players who traveled far and wide to make the event possible.
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