Hockey for Hospice returns Dec. 27

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Players from around Essex County will be jostling for high scores and big donations next week at the 26th annual Hockey for Hospice fundraising tournament.

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“Each year, so many members of our community look forward to this event, and we are thrilled to be back once again,” said Nancy Brockenshire, executive director of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. “It’s amazing to see the excitement and the commitment in these young players. Not only do they have fun, raise pledges, and learn about The Hospice, they’re teaching their families, friends and neighbours about Hospice programs and our vision of delivering memorable care. They are wonderful ambassadors and true Hospice champions.”

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Originally conceived as a skate-a-thon by founder Tim Beaulieu, the event has evolved into a massive three-day hockey tournament.

Starting Dec. 27, more than 125 teams will play 227 games. The action takes place at Libro Credit Union Centre in Amherstburg, Essex Centre Sports Complex in Essex, Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex in LaSalle, and Tecumseh Arena.

Divisions include U7, U8, U8 MD, and U9 Jamboree, as well as U11, U13, and U15 boys divisions, and U11, and U13 girls divisions.

All players raise pledges and awareness for the hospice. In the past 25 years, Hockey For Hospice has raised more than $4.1 million.

The tournament schedule is available at

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