Memorial pond hockey tournament set to honor Hollis crash victim

BROOKLINE – Friends of Cameron Ricard have organized a pond hockey tournament for Sunday, Jan. 5, to honor his memory.

The 17-year-old Hollis Brookline High School student and avid hockey player died in a car accident on his way home from hockey practice on Dec. 9.

A skilled athlete, Ricard played for the New England Stars and was about to rejoin the HBHS team so he could spend senior year playing with his classmates.

“Obviously, everybody knew he liked hockey a lot,” said Brian Thibodeau, a 2013 HBHS graduate who attends University of New Hampshire and helped organize the event. “I texted a few buddies and we thought of ideas and chose pond hockey. You don’t have to be a great player, you can play it anywhere and everybody can play.”

3-on-3 format

The tournament will be held at the seasonal skating rink at the Brookline ball field on Route 130 near Richard Maghakian Memorial School and will run throughout the day. Thibodeau said more than 200 people have signed up so far, including groups from UNH, HBHS hockey, New England Stars, Alvirne, Nashua and other area schools. More than 30 teams have signed up for the 3-on-3 format.

Thibodeau contacted the Boston Bruins and was hoping for a player appearance, but was happy to settle for signed mementos to raffle off. So far, he has received a puck signed by left wing Brad Marchand and a signed photo of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 8, and $10 for an arm-length, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund established by the Ricard family.

According to Ricard family friend Carolyn McNamara, Harvest Market in Hollis has agreed to donate baked goods for the tournament, and she is in the process of contacting other merchants as well.

Josh Powers, another friend and tournament organizer, recalled the times he and Ricard spent skating at the town rink. A journalism student at Emerson College, Powers helped Ricard pick out a camera to take photos of motorcross, his other passion besides hockey.

“Since we both played hockey and he loved the game, we figured this was the best way to get the community together,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of tough times around here lately, and a noncompetitive hockey tournament is a chance to come together, have fun and remember Cam.”

Although the tournament is for fun rather than a championship title, Powers said there will be contests for the hardest slap shot, best trick shot and shootout. Winners will receive various gift cards and prizes, including:

Dennis Seidenberg Signed picture

? Brad Marchand signed puck

? David Ortiz signed jersey

? Mario Lemieux signed/framed 16×20 photo

? Ted Williams signed/framed vintage 16x 20 photo

? Ted Williams limited edition autographed lithograph

? Manny Ramirez autographed World Series baseball

? Ivan Rodriguez autographed baseball

? Various pucks signed by players

? Various gift cards to multiple restaurants around the area

? Gift cards to iTunes and Best Buy

Raffle tickets will be available at the rink during the day on Sunday. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Parking at RMMS is recommended.

To donate

For additional information on the tournament, including how to donate refreshments or raffle items, go to www.
or call Powers at 965-5363.

Scholarship fund

The Ricard family has established a scholarship fund in Cameron’s name, to be awarded to a senior at HBHS. For more information, or to donate online, visit Donations can also be mailed to the Cameron Ricard Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Santander Bank, P.O. Box 153, Hollis, NH 03049.