BLAINE, Minn. (June 13, 2017) – Every year, the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center hosts the Stick It to Cancer Women’s Hockey Tournament. The tournament’s mission is to raise funds to help combat breast cancer, with proceeds donated to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.
This year’s tournament, the 19th annual, was held April 7-9. Fifty-eight teams played in this all-female tournament, with both youth and adult divisions offered. Teams came from Minnesota, California, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
A ceremonial check presentation, to donate the $46,245 raised this year, was made Monday, June 12 at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. At the presentation was Dr. Douglas Yee, Director of the Cancer Center; Deepali Sachdev, PhD, of the Cancer Center; together with tournament director Kristi King and the Schwan Super Rink staff members who organized the tournament.
In the 19 years the tournament has been held, over $809,000 has been raised to aid in the fight to conquer breast cancer.
“It’s very rewarding to go to the Masonic Cancer Center in person and meet the people doing the research to win the battle against cancer,” said King.
“Hockey’s a very competitive sport,” she continued. “When you play hockey, your goal is to win the championship, to win the game. A tournament like this ties in a greater purpose, and gives people a bigger perspective on life.
“It’s rewarding to see people come together for a cause. They’re still playing a competitive sport, but the most important aspect isn’t winning the game, it’s helping people raise money, or to honor people who have passed away.”
Photo back row (left to right): Kris Bjerkness, NSC; James Nelson, NSC; Rob Lodge, NSC; Brandon Koontz, NSC; Pete Carlson, NSC. Front row (left to right): Sara Soli, NSC; Kathy Brodzinski, NSC; Kristi King, Stick-it to Cancer Tournament Director; Dr. Douglas Yee, Director of the Cancer Center; Deepali Sachdev, PhD, of the Cancer Center.
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