Capital Honda and the Society take the fight to the ice!

03 September 2014

Charlottetown, PE -

How crazy would it be to pass a puck to a hockey legend like Ray Bourque or Bob Sweeney?  The Canadian Cancer Society is making this dream a reality for many Islanders this weekend.

NHL Alumni and Islanders of all skill levels are lacing up for the Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer hockey tournament September 5 - 7th. The event, being held at the CARI Complex in Charlottetown, will be the first of its kind in P.E.I.

The public is invited to meet NHL celebrities at Parade of Champions at noon on Saturday at CARI Complex followed by autograph session.

The name of the game is fun and lots of crazy antics can be expected, but serious money will be raised to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission - the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of Islanders living with cancer.

Former NHL star, Ray Bourque, is excited to be a part of this event.  “I’ll be lacing up in honour of my mom who died of colon cancer and my dad who lost his life to lung cancer,” says Bourque.  “For those fighting cancer every day, it’s a constant struggle.  That’s why I hope Islanders come out and join me for this great event.”

A wide range of skill sets will take to the ice during the tournament, but one thing is for sure, everyone is lacing up in support of the fight against cancer. 

The Donuts, a team from Summerside, epitomizes an important part of the Society’s mission to reduce the risk of developing cancer through embracing a healthy lifestyle.  It’s a group of adults who had never played hockey but decided to take up the game a few years ago.  The team is anxious to put its new-found talents to good use this weekend.

The Capital Honda Face-off Against Cancer features a Parade of Champions when NHL celebrities will meet with fans and sign autographs Saturday at noon at the CARI Complex.  The public is invited to attend this session along with all hockey games Friday afternoon, Saturday morning/afternoon, Sunday morning. The playoff game is Sunday at 12:00 p.m.   All events are free and family friendly.  Donations are welcome.

“This event is exciting on many levels.  It raises much-needed funds to support the Society’s work across P.E.I. and it provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for Islanders to share a weekend with hockey legends and celebrities.” says Lori Barker, Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division Executive Director. “It means a lot to have organizations like Capital Honda involved and to have hockey legends like Ray Bourque and our own Billy MacMillan take the fight against cancer to the ice.  We certainly need these powerhouses on our side as we take on cancer.”

Capital Honda is pleased to partner with the Canadian Cancer Society to help bring this amazing event Prince Edward Island.  

“We know cancer has touched everyone in some way and the Canadian Cancer Society provides many comprehensive services to help make the cancer journey more tolerable. The Society has done a fantastic job recruiting hockey celebrities to participate in this first event of its kind on the Island. We would like to sincerely thank everyone involved for volunteering their time and talent to support this cause,” says Willard Horne, general manager of Capital Honda.

Celebrities joining Ray Bourque and  Bob Sweeney include: Billy MacMillan, Bobby MacMillan, Forbie Kennedy, Errol Thompson, Al MacAdam, Don MacAdam, David Ling, Dave “Tucker” Flanagan, Freddy MacDonald, Doug MacLean, Brett Gallant, Mason Wilgosh (UPEI Panther Team Captain), Farren Brown (UPEI Women’s Hockey team captain), Jordan Buchanan (Western Caps Captain), Thomas Waugh  (Western Caps assistant coach), Gordie Dwyer (former NHL player and Charlottetown Islanders coach) Luke Beck (Charlottetown Islanders assistant coach) and Heather Moyse, Honourary Chair.

Learn more about Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer at cancer.ca/faceoffpei or call 1-866-566-4007.

 

About the Canadian Cancer Society:

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. Make your gift today at cancer.ca.

 

To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact:

Marlene Dorey, Director Revenue Development

Canadian Cancer Society, PEI Division

1-902-866-4007   Email: mdorey@pei.cancer.ca