The Tournament unites people31/03/2009 at 8:06 PM | Posted in English | Leave a comment
Text: Mikko Vaahtola / Photos: Joonas Reijonen
It’s saturday morning ( 28th of March) and the bustle is starting. It is the first day of the Turku Junior Ice Hockey Tournament. There are a lot of players from different countries. The tournament is arranged at many ice hockey arenas around Turku.
Mika Koskinen is an assistant GM of hockey team TPS Whalers. He’s one of the volunteer workers at Turkuhalli. But Koskinen isn’t the only one working at the tournament. The whole Whalers team is participating in this voluntary work.
From Turku to Paris
Whalers are gathering some money for their forthcoming Ice hockey tournament in Paris, France at Easter. Mika Koskinen describes Turku Junior Ice Hockey Tournament as an excellent event where parents and players work together.
– This is great! We have around 40 players and parents, doing different tasks during this tournament. Our players are now old enough to whistle player changes during the games, Koskinen says. Parents also have a lot to do.
– We are responsible of giving teams their locker rooms, we take care of the officials and that they have enough coffee and buns. Scores, statistics, coordination and basically everything that happens concerns us. The most important thing of all is that we give foreign teams good instructions.
Lot of experience and more to come
Mikko Koskinen reveals that this isn’t the first time Whalers’ team is coordinating the tournament office at Turku Junior Ice Hockey Tournament.
– We have done this for three years in a row. But this is the first time we are having the boys with us. Because they’re now turning 15.
Every year Whalers have had the same goal for their actions. They have wanted to go to a tournament that is held abroad.
We have already been in Switzerland and in Germany. And now we are aiming to Paris. Like I said this is voluntary work. The only benefit we are getting from our job is that our boys get enough money to go to France. It will be the high light moment of our season, Koskinen says.
Koskinen sums the very best aspects of the tournament.
– In my opinion, this tournament brings people together from around the world. It is nice to see friends from abroad.
Eetu Koskinen and Joona Saha are two of the players at Whalers and both of them are looking forward the tournament in France. They are also describing they’re task easy as they were whistling the line-up changes.
– This is easy money for our team. It is going to be nice to see the skill level in France. We can’t wait!, boys shout together.