Organized by: Walt Barnes
EVENT DATE Jul 30, 2016
One thing I've always wanted to do is play hockey and help people at the same time. I was never quite sure how i could make this happen. Until the fall of 2014, I got a crazy idea. I decided to put together a charity hockey of some sorts, but didn't really know how i wanted to do it. I toyed with the idea of doing an eight team tournament, but was never too sure how i could put that together. I figured i would keep it simple and just keep at a single charity game, but i needed a hook. I didn't want it to be just a charity hockey game, I wanted something bigger, something different, but I couldn't figure out what. One day I was playing drop in hockey, it was 70 minutes, but only 14 players were there, 12 skaters and two goalies. In the middle of what seemed like the longest 70 minutes of my life and trying to catch my breathe, and idea hit me. A marathon game would be perfect. I didn't want to do 24 hours because that's is being done over and over and with the world record for longest hockey game being a little over 10 days (250 hours), i decided to find something in the middle. The longest hockey game played in the USA is 25 hours, we can beat that. We are going for 26 (Michigan 26, do you get it now?). I finally had my hook, now i needed a cause. The first is the Eastside Hockey Foundation. The ESH Foundation is a non profit organization that assist low income families with the cost of hockey. They took over the Eastside Hockey Ice Arena in 2014 and have since reduce ice time cost for teams by 72 percent, that's some pretty amazing work in a short span. The people at ESH are also being very gracious in allowing us to use their rink for the event. The second cause, is for a family. I've had the pleasure of call Matt and Margaret Rodeghier my friends for over 10 years. Last February Margaret gave birth to their son Alex, unfortunately he was born with a Supraventricular Tachycardia, it is a condition where he has an abnormally fast heart beat. They have been very strong through out the whole process and Alex has gotten better, but medical bills get expensive vey quick. Matt and Margaret have decided that they will only take a portion of what is raised for themselves and they will donate the rest to a different charity of their choosing. It's more than a hockey game.