SCUGOG: It’s time again to strap on the skates and head outdoors for a good cause.
Now in its fifth year, the Lake Scugog Pond Hockey Tournament returns to the Port Perry shoreline on Feb. 1. The tournament will once again feature dozens of teams going head-to-head on the ice of Lake Scugog (near the Port Perry Marina), all in the name of fundraising.
Organizer Marianne Tracey said that this year, the tournament will benefit two Durham organizations - Precious Minds Learning Resource Centre, which assists special needs children and their families, as well as the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT), which teams up with police and emergency services during extensive operations.
In previous years, the tournament has helped raise money for other local causes, including more than $27,000 for a new neonatal heart monitor for Lakeridge Health, as well as $15,000 for the Durham Dragons Special Hockey League.
According to Ms. Tracey, many of the same teams and sponsors will return to this year’s tournament.
Coffee and other refreshments will also be provided to participants and spectators from Tim Hortons.
As of Jan. 20, there were still spaces available for players to sign up.
To register for the tournament or to volunteer as a referee or to help with maintaining the ice surface, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a registration and information package.
In an interesting twist, the tournament has also drawn the attention of a Canadian board game manufacturer.
Earlier this spring, Ms. Tracey said that she received an e-mail from Outset Media, a Vancouver, B.C.-based games manufacturer, stating that the Port Perry tournament had been included in the company’s Pond Hockey-opoly, a new twist on the classic real estate purchasing game.
The game includes several lakes and their associated tournaments from across North America, which appear as properties to be purchased by players.