Local Hockey Fundraiser Aims To Fight Cancer

Joe Pires Memorial Tournament  - Submitted
Joe Pires Memorial Tournament
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The second annual Joe Pires Memorial Tournament will be taking place on May 12th at the Sparwood Recreation Center. The tournament will feature twelve teams playing games of three on three ball hockey as well as an evening cabaret afterwards.

This event is dedicated to the memory of long time Sparwood Resident Joe Pires who lost his battle with cancer in December 2011. This event gathers family, friends and community members in an effort to raise awareness for cancer as well as honor a great man through sport and entertainment. The ball hockey tournament consists of rosters of 7-10 players, with registration starting at 9:30a.m. on the 12th. The Cabaret will begin at 9:00 p.m. in the Sparwood Curling Rink.

This annual event looks to capitalize on a successful first year which raised over $9200 for the Canadian Cancer Society. The event has grown from 8 to 12 teams in only a year. This event is open to the public who are encouraged to come watch entertaining hockey, participate in a prize raffle and enjoy the cabaret. All tournament information can be found on our Joe Pires Memorial Tournament Facebook page or by emailing

The Joe Pires Memorial Tournament, established in 2011, aims to raise money and awareness for the prevention of cancer. All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in an effort to prevent this disease.

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