Auld Reid Tournament

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History of the Auld Reid Tournament
Winston Auld Al Reid

  The Auld Reid was originally known as the Al Reid. The first Al Reid Memorial Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held in January 1978 as a tribute to friend and team-mate, Al Reid who led the way in bringing Oldtimers Hockey to Niagara Falls in the early '70s.   Oldtimers hockey was just an emerging pastime in Canada.  Al and his team-mates decided to help an outside group of organizers bring Oldtimers Hockey to Niagara Falls, the first for the city and one of the first such tournaments in Ontario. 

  After experiencing great success, Al Reid and friends decided to organize their own tournament. With Reid's untimely passing, the committee organizers continued the tournament in honour of a man who loved and enjoyed the game. Reid looked upon the game as a basis for making friendships and sharing the fun of give and take, on the ice and after the game was over. Each year the tournament has grown in popularity, proving that 'after 35, hockey is fun'

  The tournament has enjoyed great success over the years because of community good that provided a continuous string of strong leaders and volunteers, too many to mention here without leaving someone out.  Winston Auld is one of those original founding leaders and he continues to work hard, paying close attention to all details to ensure that the committee never forgets Al's philosophy. Over the years Auld has become the tournament's ambassador to the City, Arena Staff, Sponsors, Hotels, Hockey Canada, Junior hockey, and many local charities.  In fact Auld's name is synonymous with various tournament contacts throughout the community. Winston has worked, defended, and fought to embed Reid's philosophy in other local hockey organizations.

  In 2017 the Tournament celebrated it's 40th anniversary. A perfect opportunity to recognize the efforts of past volunteers and leaders by introducing the 'Aitchison / Dobbin Volunteer Recognition' Award to encourage a new generation of volunteers and leaders for the next forty years. With the full support of Al Reid's friends and family, the tournament has been rededicated and renamed in recognition of Winston Auld's work and leadership for the first forty years.
       The Al Reid has been renamed  '
Auld Reid Oldtimers Hockey Tournament'  
 

March 25, 2019
Aitchison - Dobbin Volunteer
Recognition Award
Winners
Doug Aitchison
2017
Al Dobbin
2017
Winston Auld
2017
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Ed Chapman
2017
Jim Sparkman
2017
Mike Verbeem
2017
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Doug Webb
2017
Don Jones
2017
Vance Dane
2018
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Gary Soliduik
2018
Doug Ness
2018
Al Filer
2019
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Charlie White
2019
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TBA
2020
 
TBA
2020
 
     
     

To all participating teams, our sponsors and volunteers for your
continued support over the past forty+ years.. and counting.

 

 









 

 

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