By Fred Wallace
The 20th annual Harry Kazarian Memorial Minor Lacrosse Tournament begins Friday and runs through the weekend at various facilities in our region.
I had a great chat last week with Lorne Ainsworth who was among the founding members of the tournament, and he explained that while this is the 20th anniversary of the Kazy, it is in fact, the 22nd year of the tournament.
Lorne relates that in 1988, while managing the Peewee team in Owen Sound, they created a tournament with about a dozen teams and were very pleased with the initial run and envisioned the potential of annual affair.
In April of 1990, only months before the third annual tournament, Owen Sound sporting legend Harry Kazarian passed away.
Kazarian's impact on the local sporting scene was significant, and to this day many still recollect his days with the Allan Cup winning Mercury's in hockey and the Mann Cup winning Cresents in lacrosse.
Minor Lacrosse in a very fitting move, asked for permission from the Kazarian Family to name their tournament in Harry's honor and to this day it remains as strong and as vibrant as any minor lacrosse, or any minor sports tournament in the province.
Play starts Friday @ the Plex in Port Elgin, at the Meaford-St Vincent Community Center, at the Shallow Lake & District Community Center and at both venues in Owen Sound, all leading to the Championship games on Sunday at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Center.
It's the 20th annual Harry Kazarian Memorial Minor Lacrosse tournament, or the 22nd annual tournament, take you pick.
Regardless, a big weekend of minor lacrosse is on the horizon in the area again this weekend.
I'm Fred Wallace