The hockey community was deeply affected recently by the sudden death of 14 year old Conor Shea from Tignish. Conor was a member of the Tignish Bantam AA Aces. The support the hockey community has shown during this difficult time has been overwhelming.
With the 2016 Provincial Championships slated for March and April planning had already begun for the 18 different events to be held in different communities across the province. The Bantam AA provincials were originally awarded to Souris Minor Hockey and the Montague Bantam AA team. With the cooperation of Souris Minor Hockey, Hockey PEI has announced that the Bantam AA Male Championships will be relocated to Tignish and the Tignish Bantam AA Aces. The event will pay tribute and honor the memory of Conor Shea.
“Following the death of Conor we received a request from the family and the Tignish Bantam AA team asking minor council to consider this change to the provincial hosts”, stated Al MacIsaac, chair of Hockey PEI Minor Council. “This was not an easy decision, but we felt that it was only fitting to approve the request out of respect for the family, the team and community, as they continue to grieve. And to provide an opportunity to celebrate the life of this young player and honor Conor in his home community.”
“We are very grateful to both the Montague Bantam AA team and Souris MHA for their cooperation and understanding in this difficult situation.”
The Pee Wee AA Male Championships that were originally awarded to Tignish, will now be played in Souris. Both events are from April 1-3.
Community Steps Up to Support Memory of Conor Shea
With any tragic event, often a community will rally to support each other. The support shown by the hockey community all over the province for the Shea family and the Village of Tignish is remarkable.
Many teams throughout the whole province this past week have shown their solidarity with moments of silence and significant donations. The family has asked for donations to support a Tignish Minor Hockey Jersey Fund and PEI teams and families certainly stepped up and showed their support.
“Seeing the love and support that has come from the hockey community has been overwhelming and certainly a reminder of the solidarity amongst the hockey community”, stated Hockey PEI Executive Director Rob Newson. “One cannot imagine the heart ache and sorrow a family will experience with the loss of a child, but hopefully the strong show of support brings the family some peace and comfort during this difficult time”.
In cooperation with the Bantam AA league, Hockey PEI created a helmet decal to honor Conor Shea (#CS16). The response through social media about this initiative was amazing. Many teams from across the province wanted to purchase decals to honor Conor Shea and support the jersey fund.
As a result, approximately 3,000 decals were distributed to teams throughout the entire province generating approximately $4,000 for the Tignish Minor Hockey Jersey Fund in honor of Conor Shea.
“Words cannot express our appreciation to the hockey community for their support of this initiative. It was certainly very pleasing to us an organization to see the love and support for the family and the comradery amongst the hockey community from all areas of the province. We extend our thanks to all that donated to this fund”, stated Newson.