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Handlebar Hockey hosts third annual 24 hour hockey game

Last Updated Nov 22, 2019 at 10:31 am MDT

PHOTO. The annual Handlebar Hockey 24 hour tournament raises money for mens health and Movember Canada.

The third annual Handlebar Hockey 24-hour Hockey game in support of Movember Canada is taking place this weekend.

In the first two years the tournaments have raised over $50,000 collectively.

Clinton Bretecher, organizer of the event, says the whole event is in support of men’s health.

“When I came back from the wildfire my wife and I had a lot of conversations among friends and family and there seemed to be a common theme of men hurting emotional, mentally, financially,” said Bretecher. “I just wanted the opportunity to try and highlight men’s health issues because a lot of time we don’t do a very good job of expressing ourselves and the struggles we are going through.”

Bretecher has been playing hockey since he was a kid and he chose to host the tournament to have something both fun and meaningful.

This year his goal is to bring in $30,000.

Donations can be made on their Facebook page, or at the Casman Centre.

Tickets for the game are by donation.

Opening ceremonies are on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop with the game lasting until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Bretcher notes that this year is particularly special as the tournament is the same weekend as Rogers Hometown Hockey with Sportsnet Broadcasters set to make an appearance as well as NHL Alumni.

Fort McMurray Minor Hockey will also be putting on a minor hockey jamboree.