Hockey for Hospice tournament raises over $210,800 in record year


Hockey for Hospice1 Hockey for Hospice2By Ron Giofu


It was a record year for the Hockey for Hospice tournament as a new fundraising mark was achieved.

The 18th annual tournament, held Dec. 27-29, raised a record $210,836.59 with tournament co-chair Tim Beaulieu saying that brings the overall total that has been raised through the years to over $1,860,000.

Beaulieu said there were 100 teams this year playing in 210 games on nine ice pads across Windsor-Essex County. Arenas used included the United Communities Credit Union Complex, the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle, Tecumseh Arena and several within Windsor. With it being a house league tournament, Beaulieu noted mainly teams from the area came in and participated. Two out-of-town teams also took part.

“It was nice to see Tilbury and Wallaceburg come in,” he stated.

Players in the novice, atom, pee wee and bantam divisions participated.

The volunteers were also credited for helping to generate the record amount, Beaulieu continued, as he stated “a ton” of volunteers donated their time for the tournament and for the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.

When organizers walk in the first day of the tournament, Beaulieu said they don’t have a clue as to how much is raised. That total isn’t found out until the end of the first day but he added the players “have never disappointed” through the 18 years of the tournament.

“Every year, I come in the first day and I have no idea what we are going to raise,” he said.

The fundraiser started as a one-hour skate-a-thon and has blossomed into a 100-team tournament, Beaulieu added.

The tournament also had a Jr. C flavour to it this year, he added, with members of the Amherstburg Admirals and the Essex 73’s getting involved on Day 2 of the three-day tournament.

“They were honorary coaches and cheerleaders for the entire day,” said Beaulieu.

Beaulieu pointed out the Jr. C players not only helped coach the teams, they went into the dressing rooms and “pumped the kids up” as well. Many of the Jr. C players have also prior experience playing in the Hockey for Hospice tournament and wanted to give back to the community “which was nice to see,” said Beaulieu.

Admirals captain Kyle Morand and 73’s captain Corey Beaulieu, Tim’s son, helped organize their teammates and get them involved.

“Both captains deserve some credit,” said Beaulieu. “I put a teaser out to them. They took it and ran with it.”

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