Richmond Review: Change makes Jimmy Ng tourney more family friendly

Coun. Bill McNulty drops the puck as Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, left, faces off against The Richmond Review’s Rob Akimow in the lacrosse box in Steveston that will host the eighth annual Jimmy Ng Ball Hockey Tourney. Second from right is RCMP Cpl. Bill Lumsdon and The Review’s Torrie Watters. (Photo Credit: Martin van den Hemel photo, Richmond Review)

There should be a more family-friendly flavour to the eighth annual Const. Jimmy Ng Memorial Ball Hockey tournament in Steveston this weekend.

Under rule changes instituted this year to get more youth involved, the recreational B division now requires two children under the age of 13 to be on the rink at all times.

With eight teams playing in the B division, that should translate into dozens of youth taking part in the annual tradition.

The tournament is held each year in honour of RCMP Const. Jimmy Ng, who died in September of 2002 when his police cruiser was broadsided by a car that was street racing when it blew through a red light at No. 3 Road and Williams.

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