SCUGOG: For the second year, the local community will gather for a 24 hour street hockey tournament and skills challenge, in memory of Tyler Hanson, this Saturday, Oct. 1st.
The event will begin with a pancake breakfast held at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, located at 1655 Reach St. in Port Perry, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.
At 10 a.m., a new mini-stick arena will officially be unveiled.
Craig Belfry, Scugog’s Director of Community Services, told Councillors, at a meeting on Monday Sept. 19th, that the original plan was to have a “very modest” mini stick area, however, two large donations changed their plans.
Port Perry Minor Hockey donated $7,100 towards the project and MTC Factory Outlet, the company Tyler’s father, Troy Hanson, works for, donated $10,000.
Mr. Belfry said the arena will be located in the east lobby of Pad 2, where the pop machines once were. The rink will be 16 feet long and 12 feet wide, and will look like a regular hockey arena. Tyler Hanson’s number 28 will be the centre ice logo.
“We expect it to be very busy with kids in there having a lot of fun,” Mr. Belfry said.
Mayor Tom Rowett said this project will give the traveling minor hockey players something to be envious of.
“I think it is appropriate for recognition of Tyler’s legacy,” Mayor Rowett said.
The street hockey tournament, itself, will start at noon this Saturday, at Vos Independent, and will run until Sunday, Oct. 2nd, at noon.
The cost of participating in the tournament is $150 per team, consisting of 11 players. All proceeds will go to the SickKids Foundation's Kicks Fund for the PACT Unit.
Registration will start at 9 a.m. at Vos’. The day’s festivities will also include a silent auction and a raffle. 'Community Living' will be running a hot dog cart, for those who are hungry and would like to purchase some food.