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Good sports for a good cause (9 photos)

In this Helpers feature we hit the ice with some local businesses that teamed up for the 15th annual Rotary Hockey Challenge

Few things bring the community together like a good old hockey game and it’s even better when there are four games and they are raising money for a good cause.

“Unlike a lot of other hockey events where teams play in a tournament and there is one big winner, the winner today is the community,” said event organizer Sean Yo. “The teams compete to see who can raise the most money and who can win a game of hockey and it is lots of fun. All the money goes to the local Rotary Club of Guelph to fund important projects here and around the city.”

They surpassed the total raised last year as well as their goal for this year.

“Last year they raised $9,000,” said Yo. “This year we set our target at $12,000 and we raised $14,000. The players are responsible for doing all the fundraising. They’re not only working hard on the ice but working hard all the days and nights leading up the tournament to raise the money. ”

There was no shortage of team spirit.  

“We have eight teams out today and that is almost 100 players,” said Yo.”We were able to get Andy van Hellemond out, a hall of famer who officiated 20 Stanley Cups. That makes it special for all of us and fun for all of our participants. It is really great to see that kind of support and we are really excited about growing this event.”

The teams competed for four separate cups.  

“Because it’s our centennial we introduced these little trophy cups,” said Yo. “Every hockey player dreams of raising a cup on the ice after a game so we have these cute little cups and some fun names for them.”

The winners were: 

The Community Cup,  OMAFRA 3 - 2 over Linamar 

The Engineers Cup, Van Harten 2 - 1 over GM Blue Plan

The Partners Cup, SV Law  4 - 3  over RLB

The Home Sweet Home Cup, Trillium West Realty 10 - 2 over Home Group Realty 

“We had some close games with the Engineers Cup even going to a shootout,” said Yo. “Congratulations to Linamar for being the team that raised the most and being our grand prize winners of box seat tickets to a Storm game generously donated by SV Law.”