Team Jiffy Lube won the 2019 Oilmen’s Hockey Tournament in its first year as a team sponsor, thanks to an outstanding effort by goalie and Jiffy Lube owner Mike Hamre. In a terrific Petroleum Club Final on April 6, Jiffy Lube came back from a 3-1 first-period deficit against Peace Country Royals to win 5-4 in a shootout.
Jiffy Lube scored to tie the game on a last second penalty shot, and Brandon Beck put his team up for good in the shootout.
“We won something in our inaugural season, something (the Vegas Golden Knights) couldn’t do,” Hamre joked, playing in his 10th Oilmen’s Hockey Tournament.
Defenceman Kelsey Vonk, playing for the second time, won his second-straight Petroleum Club Final, after winning the 2018 tournament with Cabre Oilfield.
“It was great to come back from being down 3-1, the guys showed a lot of heart. (Hamre) stood on his head and that’s why we won. It was just a phenomenal tournament to be a part of,” said Vonk.
In the other final games, Tom’s Construction beat Complete Pumpjack Services 7-6 in the Jiffy Lube Game (B event), D & D beat Fort Motors 9-6 in the Baker Hughes Game, and Magnum Oilfield Rental beat Ditmarsia Holdings 5-4. Cabre beat Northen Vac Services 8-4 in a battle of last-place teams.
Jiffy Lube shut out D & D Insulators 7-0 in their first game of the tournament, making Hamre just the second goalie in the 16-year history of the tournament to record a shutout.
For organizer Lee Hartman, it was another solid tournament that prioritized fun and camaraderie above all else, but saw some close games on the final day.
“It’s all about the sportsmanship and it couldn’t have gone any better,” Hartman said.
In his sixth year as special guest, Lanny McDonald, and his friend and former teammate Collin Patterson, didn’t disappoint.
“Having Lanny back was awesome, he’s always a gentleman. He’s spectacular with the fans who watch him and the guys in the dressing room. Patterson was fantastic as well,” said Hartman.
He was going to give McDonald, 66, a chance to play only three or four games. Instead, McDonald and Patterson each played eight games despite only being around from Wednesday night to Friday morning.
“You absolutely have to play, no sense in only the young guys having fun,” McDonald said. “It’s been absolutely awesome.”
McDonald is very fond of the Peace Region in general and in the guys who put the tournament on and take part each year.
“I love being up here. The guys really treat you well, and really have a lot of fun,” he said.
McDonald is based out of Calgary, but lives in Toronto three months out of the year where he is the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, a position he’s had for four years.
“If you love hockey and the history of the game, it’s a great job to have,” McDonald said.
McDonald loves following the game, and cheering on his grandsons. He thinks the period he played in — the 70’s and 80’s — was the finest era, but loves the current version of the game and said it’s too different to compare.
“The league and ownership groups have been unbelievable in coming together to see the growth both on the men’s and women’s side, and to see the diversity of players playing this great game is awesome,” McDonald said.
— with files from Dave Lueneberg
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