The Northwest Warriors Hockey Association is honored to call our Timbits tournament the Georgie Bamber Tournament of Champions in tribute to one of our formet players who truly epitomized not only the spirit of hockey - but the spirit of life.
Georgie Bamber was born Oct 12, 1997 in perfect health. In January of 2020 at the age of four, doctors discovered a serious medical condition in his intestines. He underwent a series of operations but throughout it all Georgie's spirit managed to pull him through.
In June 2002, after 6 months in the hospital, Gerogie was finally able to go back home. The doctors felt that he would always require liquid nutrition and that it would seriously restrict his lifestyle.
But not Georgie; he regained his health very quickly and started school at Jerry Potts Elementarr, excelling at swimming, skiing, soccer and most miraculously - at hockey. Through all his ordeals, he always remained positive, and never complained.
Georgie loved hockey. He rarely missed an opportunity to play, was a favorite among his teammates and always competed with a smile on his face. He will continue to be an inspiration to those of us who had the pleasure to play with him or coach such a positive young man.
Georgies went into hospital in February 2005 and passed away in July of that same year. His retired Crowchild jersey hangs in tribute upstairs at the Crowchild Twin Arena.
All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Georgie Bamber Memorial Fund through the Calgary Foundation and to the Don Bourne Memorial Fund.