Former teammate organizes this year’s Theodore Hedstrom memorial tournament

Tue, 01/17/2023 - 2:30pm

ROCKPORT — An annual tournament to remember and honor Theodore Hedstrom will be held at MidCoast Recreation Center, in Rockport, the weekend of March 31. Theodore lost his life at the age of 14 in a house fire in Camden. All proceeds for this event help support the growth of youth hockey in MidCoast Maine, a sport Theodore was extremely passionate about.

Mikayla Talbot, age 16, a peer and former teammate of Theodore, is organizing the event this year. Her goal is to not only honor her former teammate, but also to give back to her hometown through the shared passion with Theodore of ice hockey.

Mikayla started her hockey career in the Rockport area at the age of 6, playing exclusively for the Mid-Coast Storm until moving to Portland to attend Cheverus and playing club hockey in the National Girls Hockey League (NGHL).

“During my time with Storm, I shared the ice with an amazing teammate and friend, Theo Hedstrom,” she said. “Theo was a great hockey player, but an even better person. Sadly, Theo lost his life in a tragic fire in February of 2021. He lost his life, and we lost a remarkable human being.”

The Theo Hedstrom Memorial Tournament is seeking teams of 6 to skaters in a 3v3, pond hockey style tournament. The tournament will take place on the weekend of March 31, with all proceeds supporting scholarships and the growth of youth hockey in Mid Coast Maine.

 The Theodore Hedstrom Memorial Hockey Tournament’s mission is to inspire all of us to embody the values that Theodore lived: Kindness, teamwork, friendship, community, and fun. All participants are respectfully asked to embody Theodore’s values during this event. The beneficiaries of Theodore’s tournament are our youth hockey community.