Watch some hockey, support a scholarship

Tonight, the Tupper Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off its third annual Phil Edwards Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center.

The event is a fun weekend of adult hockey games, it supports the scholarship fund in Mr. Edwards’ name, and it’s free to watch — all good reasons to attend.

Mr. Edwards and many other volunteers helped build the civic center, which is now owned by the school district and is home to youth and adult hockey, curling and skating in winter, as well as other indoor activities during the summer months.

“He pretty much did whatever he could for anybody,” chamber Events Coordinator Krit Lamere said. “He was just a really nice guy all around. He was generous, never asked for anything in return and helped out other people just because he wanted to.”

The event kicks off at 6 tonight with four match-ups and continues on Saturday with eight games starting at 9 a.m., including the Round 1 Championship Game which starts at 8 p.m. The Round 2 Championship Game will be played on Sunday at 9 a.m., and the Final Championship Game will be played at 10:30 a.m. The winning team will get to hoist the Phil Edwards Memorial Cup.

Each year, a Tupper Lake hockey player is chosen to receive the scholarship to further his or her academic career.