His love for hockey carries on in his honour with the Ryan Penny Memorial Hockey Tournament, held this past weekend.
David Walsh, head coach of the Marystown Mariners Bantam A team was pleased with how the tournament went.
“It was great hockey,” he told The Southern Gazette on Monday. “There was a good vibe in the rink all weekend.”
Walsh had grown up playing hockey with Penny. He described Penny as a class act who always supported his team 100 per cent. Being part of a team was all about hockey for Penny, it was also a chance to spend time with his friends, as well as making news ones.
Four teams took part in the weekend tournament — Clarenville Caribous, Northeast Eagles, Avalon Celtics and host team Marystown Mariners.
The Caribous took home the championship banner, leaving the Eagles with silver, and the home team skating away in third.
Walsh has plans to make the tournament an annual event.
“Most definitely, my wife and I are gonna take it on,” he said. “We had such an interest locally, family and friends. Looking forward to it.”
On top of the tournament, friends of the late Ryan Penny paid tribute to him in another way as well. Promotional items for the event, as well as the championship banner all contained the Lucky Charms logo.
“Ryan took a liking to the leprechaun on the Lucky Charms symbol. . . represented his Irish,” Walsh said. “He would wear and purchase Lucky Charms merchandise whenever he found it.”
Walsh said it is something Ryan’s sister Melanie carried on doing after her brother’s death.
“It’s easy to say that anyone who knew Ryan is reminded of him anytime they see the Lucky Charms (logo),” said Walsh.
Walsh extended appreciation to team manager Nadine Murray Paul.
“She put a lot of work into making this tournament a success,” he said.