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Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament is one for the ages

  • Hollyburn Huskies player Mike Millhaem, right, goes down after colliding with Border City Pylons player Glenn Johnson during their game as part of the Snoopy's 39th Annual Senior World Hockey Tournament at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, on Monday, July 14, 2014. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

A week in Wine Country to play hockey has drawn Jim Wyse to Santa Rosa from British Columbia the past 37 years.

Making his first Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament is Kevin Avery, who grew up playing the game in Connecticut and now lives in Louisiana.

What these ageless players share is a passion for competition and appreciation for camaraderie on and off the ice.

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“The hockey is fun. It’s great to see the old guys come back. They love it,” Wyse said.

What impressed Avery, who makes several senior tournaments each year, is the hospitality as well as the level of play.

“The weather, the people, the food, exceeded my expectations,” Avery said.

Sharing those sentiments are a near record number of players and families converging on the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, in Santa Rosa, for 10 days of nonstop hockey action.

The senior hockey tournament — in its 39th year — has 68 teams playing more than a hundred games through Sunday.

“We’re full. This just happened to be a very high demand year,” said Mike Kovanis, the ice arena’s hockey director. “But it’s a good problem to have.”

Teams come from all corners of North America, representing 14 states and three Canadian Provinces.


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