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Charity street hockey tourney goes Saturday

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The second-annual “Power Play for Easter Seal Kids” street hockey tournament is slated for this Saturday (Sept. 18) in the parking lot of the Memorial Sports Centre.

The event, which is a fundraiser for children with disabilities, also will be attended by former Winnipeg Jet Mike Ford, who will be playing for the top fundraising team.

Ford, who was selected 122nd overall in the 1972 NHL amateur draft by the Detroit Red Wings, is looking forward to coming to Fort Frances.

“I love doing these kind of things and I try to do as many of them as I can,” said Ford. “I was asked by the Easter Seals to participate, and it’s a great cause, so of course I said yes.

“It’s a really great organization.

“The Jets alumni guys have done a number of charity events and we believe these are the type of things that we should be involved in,” he added.

Because of the area’s proximity to Winnipeg, many Jets fans still remain here and Ford hopes to see his former team’s colours among the spectators watching Saturday’s tournament.

“There’s always been great support for the Jets when we go on the road,” noted Ford. “I’m glad that people still remember the team. It was a special team and people still fondly remember it.”

The itinerary is jam-packed for Saturday’s event, which will feature 14 teams (up from the 12 on hand for last year’s inaugural tourney) playing games from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There will be live play-by-play coverage, food and beverages, a beer garden, silent auction and autograph session at 6 p.m., a sports celebrity dinner at 7 p.m., and then a social starting at 9:30 p.m.

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