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Hockey Moms host 7th annual event

April 16, 2014   ·   0 Comments

 

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Jennifer Widbur tournament in support of Headwaters

Around 180 hockey players – all women, turned out for the 7th annual Jennifer Widbur Memorial Hockey Tournament at the North Dufferin Community Centre in Honeywood.

The two day tournament got underway on Friday, April 11, and continued through Saturday ending in the evening with the final championship game.

The tournament is restricted to players aged 30 and up, although there were two special mother / daughter games that got younger players out on the ice to teach their moms how to really play the game.

The tournament was started by the Honeywood Hockey Moms after one of their members, Jennifer Widbur, lost her battle with breast cancer in December of 2007.

Jennifer’s husband Mike DeLaat has been a supporter and organizer of the tournament – which has raised over $200,000 in support of cancer care at the Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville.

“This year we have 13 teams and around 180 players. The teams are all local. They’re from Shelburne, Honeywood, one team comes from Mount Forest,” DeLatt said of the support the tournament receives from the local community. “All the proceeds go to cancer care at Headwaters. We do the best we can. In the past we sponsored the digital mammography imaging system at Headwaters. They have a state-of-the-art mammography imager now, with our help. They dedicated that suite at the hospital to our tournament. Now we’re helping the hospital with patient care, beds, and where ever the greatest need is. As of last year, we raised $217,000. We’ve also contributed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Hospice Dufferin, and Honeywood minor hockey.”

Since a lot of the tournament participants don’t play on a regular basis, the tournament is split into two camps based on level of skill.

One division has teams that have novice and new players with the second line-up consisting of teams that have experienced players.

The tournament stresses the fact that having you can raise funds for a worthy cause while having fun at the same time.

Most of the players come back every year to play in the tournament.

         

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