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CANY's Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament set to be best ever!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 12, 2014


This Saturday Feb 15, 2014 at 7am, the puck will drop at the outdoor Lasker Rink in Central Park launching CANY’s unique two-day hockey tournament: 16 teams of amateur hockey players from the US and Canada will be supporting charities that make a difference in the lives of children and their communities through the great sport of hockey.


Join us!

If you’d like to play in the tournament, there are a few spots left. Come and watch the action at at Lasker Rink, or sign up as a volunteer for a few hours. We’ve also set up online donations and would appreciate any amount – please pass on the link to others in your network. And everyone is welcome to join our Tourney party on Saturday night at 7:30 at Van Diemens, 383 Third Avenue near 28th St. Visit our site for the 8th Annual CANY Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament for directions to Lasker Rink, starting times and more.

Supporting charities who help kids through hockey


The 8th Annual Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament is helping out charities like Ice Hockey in Harlem – it’s introduced hockey to hundreds of underprivileged kids in Harlem since the mid-1980s and made a difference in their lives: some have even gone on to scholarships at ivy league universities.



The Sled Rangers: giving kids with disabilities a chance to play hockey 

The tournament is also supporting the Wheelchair Sports Foundation’s Sled Rangers, a youth sled hockey team for physically disabled kids in New York City, and the Urban Hockey Foundation, which introduces street hockey to underserved neighborhoods across the city.


Here’s a great video that shows what the Sled Rangers are all about.


Players from Canada and the US


Many of the nearly 200 players taking part in the championship live in and around New York City others from Ontario, Quebec and upstate New York. The teams will play a 3-game round robin on Saturday Feb 15 extending into the night, with the winning teams will square off on Sunday in the final playoff game, battling for the "Stikeman Cup.”



The tournament this year is expected to raise about $40,000 through team sponsorships, and hopefully much more thanks to our online donation tool.

The lead sponsor this year is Stikeman Elliot. TD Securities and RBC Capital Markets are sponsoring the two Lasker hockey rinks. Others generously stepping forward are Winston & Strawn LLC, a long-time sponsor of the championship. The Canadian-based law firm Cumming & Partners LLC is backing the "Most Charitable Team” award, given to the team raises the most donations through their own networks.



Celebrating the win of the Stikeman Cup


The president of Ice Hockey of Harlem  is grateful for the funds the championship raises. This year it’s expected to break its fundraising records.

"CANY is an important supporter of Ice Hockey in Harlem," says John Sanful, the charity's Executive Director. "They're doing so much to help the children and families of Harlem, without question.”

"We see hockey not as a means to itself, we see it as a vehicle to expand kids' experience," explains IHIH program director Brad Preston. For example, the association’s hockey book reading group this year read "Jean Béliveau: My Life in Hockey” about the Québec-born Hall of Fame center who won 10 Stanley cups as a player. The kids learned more than 100 new words, and widened their view of the world.


How hockey can make a difference for kids

"What happens (with our program) is they learn about geography, about NHL capital cities, about time zones, " says Preston. "They learn about the difference between states and provinces, about science and ice… they are learning school subjects but getting more out of it because they’re having fun.”

For Bill Greenberg, a founder of the Sled Rangers and a team coach, the event helps support a charity that changes lives.


"When we began, none of the kids knew that they could play competitive sports. None of the parents knew that their kids could play competitive sports,” he explains. "As the practices and seasons progressed, I saw first hand the effects and benefits, for both the kids and their families, that I first saw with my own son. On the night of our first practice, one of our 10-year old players turned to his mother and said, "Mom, I'm FINALLY on a team."



For players taking part in the championship it’s rewarding helping the kids by playing the sport outdoors in the one of the most beautiful city parks in the world.


"As all good Canadians know, there is nothing better than playing hockey outdoors. To be able to do it in the middle of Manhattan is something really special. The tournament has an incredibly friendly atmosphere and the charitable aspect of it is the icing on the cake, says Gordon Cameron, who plays on the Stikeman team. "Supporting charities that help improve the lives of New Yorkers through our national sport is a great feeling.”


For more information about the hockey tournament:


Dean Keyworth, CANY President, event organizer

Tel: 212.525.3490


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