Local hockey player third best fundraiser at recent Hockey for Hospice tournament


Ryan Butcher resultsBy Ron Giofu


Ryan Butcher did his grandpa proud.

The local youth and his Salubrity Natural Health Products team played in the bantam division at the recent Hockey for Hospice Tournament and Butcher raised $2,173.10 of his team’s $4,001.70. Butcher’s total was third overall and his team was third out of 100 teams.

“I want to thank everyone who donated money and sponsored me,” said Ryan.

Father Steve, who also coaches Ryan’s team, said he and his son went out at nights regardless of whether it was snowing, raining or cold.

“(Ryan) raised more than most of the teams,” said Steve.

The tournament had special meaning as Ryan’s grandfather Bill (Willem) Van Dalen experienced him doing it while living at Hospice of Windsor-Essex.

“His grandfather stayed around to see it happen,” said Steve.

Ryan said his grandfather was pleased to see the results.

“He was really happy,” said Ryan. “He was really proud of me.”

While next season will mark Ryan’s last year of being eligible for the tournament, he indicated a willingness to help charitable causes in the future. He said he enjoys helping out causes and charities.

Ryan’s team played five games in three days, unfortunately for them none being in Amherstburg. Their games were in Tecumseh, LaSalle and at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

Overall, the 18th annual Hockey for Hospice Tournament raised $210,836.59.

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