Dumfries Ice Bowl will honour one of its favourite sons this weekend as part of celebrations to mark its 25-year anniversary.
Bobby Carruth had long ties with ice hockey in Dumfries that started with bringing his son Gary to the junior ice hockey club. He subsequently become the Solway Sharks’ manager as Gary progressed and developed in the sport. In later years Bobby was lucky enough to watch his grandsons, Kyle and Taylor, also take up ice hockey.
A memorial game (face-off 4.00pm) will see the return of two previous Sharks captains – Mark Gallagher and Ross Edgar – who have reunited some of Bobby’s boys and put together teams that include his family, friends and teammates from Scotland and beyond, with import players returning for this special occasion.
His memory will live on at Dumfries Ice Bowl for years to come, as the Bobby Carruth Memorial game will be played annually when the Sharks take on their pre-season competitors each year, with donations going to charities in Bobby’s name. This year’s chosen charity is the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary renal unit, a cause close to the Carruth family.
The game will be followed by the Sharks versus Whitley Warriors NIHL North fixture, which will also be free to enter.
Bobby’s son Gary said: “It is going to be great being back with my old teammates, as it is only through time that I have realised how lucky I was to share the highs and lows with my dad as part of the team. These are memories I will keep forever.
“He loved his hockey and he loved his boys and that is all the guys who are here this weekend. I hope we can raise more money for the unbelievable renal unit at DGRI and I hope everyone enjoys the game.”
Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb added: “Bobby was a massive part of this club as a parent, grandparent, team manager and supporter, and everyone is honoured to be able to be able to pay tribute to him with this game.
“He was a special person that everyone loved being around and that shows with the amount of players coming to play. It will be special to see his son Gary along with his two sons Kyle and Taylor playing together in his memory.”