ROCKPORT — Thanks to a friend who has not forgotten his passion for ice hockey, Theodore Hedstrom’s spirit will live on through a continued memorial youth tournament in his name Friday through Sunday, March 31-April 2 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Mikayla Talbot, 16, a peer and former teammate of Hedstrom, is among those organizing the annual event.

The tournament seeks individuals, or teams of four to six skaters, for a three-on-three, pond hockey-style event.

Mikayla Talbot. Photo courtesy of Talbot family

“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,” said Mikayla’s mother, Nicole.

The event is to remember and honor Hedstrom, who lost his life at age 14 in a house fire in 2021 in Camden.

Proceeds from the event, which will include youth, high school, adult and family divisions, will support the growth of youth hockey in the Midcoast.

Registration is due by Monday, March 25.

Mikayla said the event’s mission statement “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.”

Mikayla has reached out to hockey coaches, rinks and organizations to recruit participants because “this cause means a great deal to me.”

Mikayla started playing ice hockey at age 6 in Rockport, exclusively for the Mid-Coast Storm until she moved to Portland to attend Cheverus High School and play club hockey in the National Girls Hockey League (NGHL).

Scan to register for the tournament.

“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.”

Mikayla said Hedstrom was a “true lover of the game.”

Those who register and participate in the annual event will showcase those same attributes.

To register, go to MRC, call 207-236-9400 or scan the quick response code with a smartphone app.

Mikayla Talbot (12) on the ice. Photo courtesy of SGirardphotography.com