Memorial hockey game remembers special player, coach

by | Jan 22, 2024

Third annual fundraiser honours memory of Matthew Tweedie

Friends, family, and District of Carleton North residents gathered on Jan. 17, 2024, for the third annual Matthew Tweedie Memorial Hockey Game between the Carleton North Stars and Hartland Huskies.

Tweedie was an avid athlete and hockey coach. He died in a snowmobile accident in 2022.

Matthew’s father, Paul Tweedie, opened the game by reflecting on the contribution his son made to the Carleton Minor Hockey program during his years as a coach.

“Every person on the ice here is a product of Carleton Minor Hockey,” he noted, calling out the five remaining North Stars that Matthew had personally coached: Colby Watson, Tanner McIntosh, Riley Lunn, Bradley Kilfoil and Ethan Trites.

Paul then went on to offer his family’s heartfelt thanks.

“These things mean a lot to us. Thank you for coming,” Paul told the crowd.

The game opened with Matthew’s widow, Brianna, and their two children, Brielle and Brinlee, dropping the ceremonial puck.

Later, a “Chuck a Puck” and a 50/50 draw were held, raising additional funds for the Matthew Tweedie Memorial Fund.

By night’s end, $2335.55 was raised in support of the family.

Both teams fought hard, and the game went into overtime, with the Carleton North Stars winning over the Hartland Huskies by a score of 5-4.

Members of the Carleton North Stars and Hartland Huskies listen to Matthew’s father, Paul Tweedie, address the crowd before the start of the Matthew Tweedie Memorial Hockey Game. (Sandra Hanson photo)

A large group of children and fans participated in “Chuck a Puck” to support the family. The winner was awarded four passes to the Northern Carleton Recreation Centre’s Rock Climbing Wall. (Sandra Hanson photo)

Both teams fought hard, but the Carleton North Stars won over the Hartland Huskies 5-4 in overtime. (Sandra Hanson photo)

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