Although the Mousquiri Atom National Hockey Tournament in Richmond was cancelled again in February, hockey players who missed out on the annual event over the past two years will have a chance to participate in Mousquiri Day on April 2.
According to Guy Marchand, a longtime tournament volunteer, the town wanted to give kids an opportunity to experience the event’s atmosphere. He told The Record that this is the first crop of players from that age group to miss out on the tournament since its creation 57 years ago.
“They didn’t experience it in two years, and well, that generation will be the first generation in 57 years from Richmond that never played in the tournament. We didn’t have a choice because we had to comply with government measures,” said Marchand in a phone interview.
In a normal year, not one affected by pandemic restrictions, Richmond would welcome roughly 50 teams from all over Quebec, Ontario and parts of the United States. Mousquiri Day, however, will focus on Richmond and Windsor hockey teams in atom a, b, and c.
“There will be three games and after that there will be free skating for all of the population from about 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the mascot will be there. It’s free admission all day for everybody and maybe after we’ll have a folk singer or something like that,” Marchand said.
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