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Marystown Mariners launch hockey tournament in memory of Ryan Penny


FORTUNE, N.L. — A memorial tournament set for this weekend will pay tribute to a local hockey player who lost his life 13 years ago.  

Ryan Penny died at the age of 23 in an industrial accident.

Ryan Penny was only 23 when he died as the result of an industrial accident near Fort St. John, B.C. on Nov. 1, 2003.
The Marystown bantam A Mariners are organizing the tournament.
“We came up with the idea earlier this year,” said head coach David Walsh.
“I grew up with Ryan — played alongside and against him throughout my minor hockey career.”
Walsh contacted Penny’s sister Melanie, residing in Edmonton, and told her about the idea.
“She gave me the thumbs up,” he said.
Four teams will take to the ice of the Fortune Arena for the weekend tournament — Clarenville Caribous, Northeast Eagles, Avalon Celtics and the Marystown Mariners.
Penny’s cousin Staff SGT Mike Babstock of the Burin RCMP will be on hand to present the championship banner to the winning team. Along with the banner there will be individual awards for the player on each team that displays the most sportsmanship.
“The biggest reason I pushed to honour Ryan was the fun he brought to the arena with him, on and off the ice,” said Walsh. “He supported all of his teammates 100 per cent. That guy was a class act.
“It wasn't just about hockey, it was spending time with his friends and making new friends. Ryan had a big personality, you definitely felt his presence in the room.”

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Schedule for Ryan Penny Memorial Bantam A Tournament

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