Quinn Stevenson’s memory lives on.
The fourth annual memorial hockey tournament in his name took place on Saturday at ACT arena in Saskatoon.
The 17-year-old was killed by a drunk driver in August 2013 while on his way to work at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.
“Big gatherings like these really help our healing process,” said Quinn’s mother Bonny Stevenson. “We’re community people and love giving back, just like Quinn did.”
Quinn’s parents Bonny and Craig continue to advocate in his name for people in this province to get the message to not drink and drive.
“I just absolutely refuse to let Quinn’s loss of life be for nothing,” Bonny said.
She took it a step forward and thinks even if you have one drink don’t get behind the wheel.
“Then you don’t play that Russian roulette game of oh ‘I had two drinks, but I had supper, I’m OK to drive’ NO if you drink, you don’t drive.”
She is working with other families who have lost loved ones in the province to push a zero tolerance policy.
“My generation isn’t getting the message,” Craig Stevenson said. “A large part of society is fed up with it, but a small few still ignore it, we need to get the message to them.”
Quinn played for the Saskatoon Red Wings and after his death, the hockey club and his family started a memorial “hockey day.”
The tournament also gives back with a fundraiser ‘Pass the puck, fill the truck.’
People were encouraged to donate used hockey gear to give to the Kinsmen inner city hockey league for less fortunate kids to play the game they love.
“We miss him each and every day,” Bonny and Craig both said. “We’re just glad so many people continue to remember him.”