Aldergrove hosts Coleton Nelson memorial hockey tournament

Coleton Clause and Ryker’s Reindeer charities benefit from fundraising, food donations

Aldergrove hosts Coleton Nelson memorial hockey tournament

The annual memorial Atom and Peewee hockey tournament hosted by Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association gets underway Thursday, Nov. 9.

The tourney is held every fall in memory of Coleton Nelson, an AMHA player who passed away at age 12 in a motor vehicle accident in Aldergrove on Feb. 18, 2011.

Coleton’s parents have been raising funds every year in his memory to help provide gifts and Christmas hampers for families in the community who need the extra help at this time of year. The public is encouraged to “help fill the net” with donations of non-perishable food items at the tournament, which is being held at both Aldergrove and Langley Sportsplex arenas.

The games run Thursday through Monday, with the final gold, silver and bronze games on Monday afternoon at 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. at Aldergrove arena.

The competition features 24 teams from across B.C., with five teams from Aldergrove. (see schedule of games here)

The official “puck drop” will be held at Aldergrove arena on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

This year the event will also be in memory of the Nelson family’s grandson Ryker, who passed away at the age of 19 months on Feb. 18, 2016.