Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer Wraps Up

09 September 2014

Charlottetown, PE -

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The Fitzpatrick and Company MisFitz skated off the ice with the trophy in the Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer hockey tournament on Sunday.  In addition to its skillful players, it didn’t hurt that the team was coached by Doug MacLean, a former head coach and general manager of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets.

“We enjoyed having Doug MacLean in the dressing room and on the bench. He was constantly entertaining and made it fun for us average Joe’s to play with hockey stars of that calibre,” says Michael Fitzpatrick, MisFitz defenceman and partner at Fitzpatrick and Company.

The spirit of the event was evident in this jocular comment  MacLean made as he motivated his team,  “I’ve coached a lot of bad teams, but you guys are by far the worst!”

The Canadian Cancer Society says the real winners are Islanders impacted by cancer as almost $90,000 was raised in support of services offered by the Society.  Last year alone over 2,100 Islanders benefitted from these programs.

NHL Alumni and hockey celebrities took to the ice or coached the 12 teams participating in the three day event held at the CARI Complex in Charlottetown, September 5 - 7th.

Members of “The Donuts,” a team from Summerside who took up the game of hockey just a few years ago, were thrilled to have a few surprise additions to their line-up. 

Inspired by the team’s efforts to use hockey as a way of improving their health and physical fitness, former NHL stars Ray Bourque and Bob Sweeney joined The Donuts during a game on Saturday.

“For a bunch of beginners it was an unimaginable experience,” says Danny White, Donuts team captain.  “There was so much hesitation going into this but we are so grad we did it.  One girl got checked by an NHLer and lived to tell the tale. Another guy kept saying that he missed the net but it was still a thrill to be passed the puck by Ray Bourque. We were all grinning ear to ear all day.” 

Participating teams raised money through donations and corporate sponsorship. In addition, the silent and live auctions brought in about $10,000.

“It was exciting to see so many people having fun rubbing elbows with hockey celebrities and PEI’s Olympic Gold medalist, Heather Moyse.” says Lori Barker, Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division Executive Director.

Capital Honda, title sponsor of the event, was pleased to partner with the Canadian Cancer Society to bring this event to Prince Edward Island.  

“We are very impressed with the professional job the team at the Cancer Society has done in organizing this wonderful hockey tournament. They recruited a remarkable roster of celebrities and teams that very generously donated their time to help in the fight against cancer,” says Willard Horne, General Manager of Capital Honda. The Canadian Cancer Society says the efforts of the organizing committee and volunteers who ran the tournament made this event both fun and successful.

“Islanders are extremely generous with their time and in opening their pocket books to help in the effort to change cancer forever,” says Barker.

 

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 www.cancer.ca.

Photo credit:  © 2014 Berni Wood

Photo Caption:Ceremonial puck drop at the Capital Honda Face Off Against.  Former NHL player Ray Bourque (far left) is joined by Alfred Arsenault, Canadian Cancer Society board member and tournament participant,  cancer survivor Dylan Bingley (center), Willard Horne Capital Honda general manager, Dr. Travis McLean, (left) member of PEI Dentist and Doctors top fundraising team.

Second Photo:  Capital Honda Face Off Against Cancer winning team, The Fitzpatrick & Company MisFitz enjoy tournament victory.