Facing Off Against Cancer

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The Donuts hockey team in Summerside, Prince Edward Island would certainly disagree with that.

This adult learn hockey team began in 2011 as a fun way to get adults involved in the sport. In its first year, 14 enthusiastic members got on board. 7 years later, close to 80 adults have joined in the fun.  And one of their annual highlights is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Face Off Against Cancer, a charity hockey tournament that takes the fight against cancer to the ice.

The Face Off Against Cancer event originally began in Alberta in 2009, and was adopted by Prince Edward Island in 2014. Professional NHL alumni join in and are drafted by teams the evening prior to the tournament. “We’ve made some permanent friendships with some of the NHL players,” says Cancer Team Captain Danny White. “It’s one of the things we look forward to every year.”

The Donuts have fundraised $14,000 for CCS in the past 3 years, with a $5,000 goal for this year’s tournament. “We’re raising money for cancer, which unfortunately affects everyone,” explains Danny. “It comes down to doing the right thing and doing what we can to make a difference.” Ideally, he hopes to put 2 teams into the tournament moving forward, with a combined fundraising goal of $20,000 a year.

For Danny, the fight against cancer is personal. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Though she was declared cancer-free in 2004, Danny believes that it is the money invested into research through tournaments like Face Off Against Cancer that saved her life. “Breast cancer might have killed my mother 20 years ago,” he says. “The money we raise goes to finding a better way to deal with cancer.”

This year’s tournament in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is taking place from May 26th-28th. Click here for more information on how to get involved. Residents of Alberta can also take part, with an event taking place in September in Lethbridge