In the words of one Flin Flon Minor Hockey Association official, Teagan Quinn “exemplified Flin Flon minor hockey.”
So it’s only fitting that the FFMHA chose to name its January peewee tournament in Quinn’s honour.
The newly christened Teagan Quinn Memorial Peewee Tournament took place over the weekend with teams from across northern Manitoba hitting the ice at the Whitney Forum and Creighton Sportex.
“He was skilled, a little bit feisty and most importantly he loved the game so very much,” Travis Rideout, time scheduler for the FFMHA, said of Quinn.
“It’s a great honour for Flin Flon Minor Hockey today that we’re able to name this tournament in his honour,” added Rideout, speaking over the Whitney Forum PA system.
Rideout noted that Quinn was raised in Flin Flon and played his minor hockey in the community, representing the minor-level Flin Flon Bombers on many occasions.
After being drafted by Neepawa in the second round of the MJHL bantam draft, Quinn played one season with the MMHL’s Parkland
Rangers and two seasons with that league’s Thompson-based Norman Northstars.
“Teagan exemplified Flin Flon minor hockey,” Rideout said.
Quinn tragically lost his life in 2014, prompting friends to paint his name in large letters on the rock ridge overlooking Third Avenue and Sipple Hill.
“Teags is one of those guys when you first meet, he’ll always be in your heart and you’ll never forget him,” Travis Fehr, one of Quinn’s many friends, told The Reminder at the time.
Following Rideout’s speech at the Whitney Forum, Todd Quinn, Teagan’s father, walked out to centre ice for a ceremonial faceoff to help launch the tournament.
Flin Flon’s entries in the tourney, the Flin Flon Kinsmen Bombers and Flin Flon Eddie’s Bombers, fared well. Kinsmen won the B side final to take third place. The Pas Huskies were first.
Eddie’s lost the A side final by a single goal to take second place. The Thompson King Miners earned gold.
The tournament was once known as the Feszczyn Cup and more recently the Peewee Cup.