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Monday December 22nd, 2014

Posted at 7:33pm

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This year’s 19th annual Hockey for Hospice tournament will be bigger than ever before with a tournament record 104 participating teams.

Originally conceived as a skate-a-thon by tournament founder, Tim Beaulieu, Hockey for Hospice has grown each year from its humble beginnings. This year’s edition will include a schedule of 221 games being played at four different arenas over three days. Divisions include Novice, Atom, PeeWee, Bantam and Atom Girls.

Teams from across Windsor and Essex County, as well as teams from Tilbury and Chatham-Kent, will see on-ice action for a good cause. All players participating in the tournament raise pledges for The Hospice. Over the past 18 years, these hockey-playing Hospice heroes have raised over $1.8 million.

“The kids who play in this tournament always go above and beyond,” said Carol Derbyshire, executive director of The Hospice. “The effort they put into collecting pledge money and how eager they are to learn about The Hospice and where their pledges are going is just astounding.”

This year will also see the Amherstburg Admirals and Essex 73s helping out as honourary coaches and mentors for the minor hockey players.

“The more our team gets involved in the community the better it is for us,” said Luke Gangnon, captain of the Amherstburg Admirals. “We look forward to being around the kids and helping out as much as we can.”

The Hockey for Hospice tournament will be played from December 27th to 29th at the United Communities Credit Union Complex in Amherstburg, Vollmer Recreational Complex in LaSalle, Tecumseh Arena and Forest Glade Arena in Windsor.

More information can be found here.

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