Memorial Boulevard will be flooded with hockey players May 29-30 as part of CBC Hockey Night in Canada’s “Play On!” event.
The 4-on-4 street hockey tournament brings out hundreds of players of all skill levels for two days of intense competition as it makes its way across Canada.
Registration fees for the tourney begin at $150, which some of the city’s youth don’t have a means of raising on their own. To help youth get suited up and out on the street with their own team, the United Way’s GenNext Council is raising money this month. GenNext volunteers are stepping up as “Team GMs” for about 20 youth teams from non-profit agencies in Winnipeg.
“Each Team GM is committed to raising $500 — enough money to cover registration costs and provide youth with their own hockey sticks, water bottles and protective eyewear (they’ll get to keep it all after the tournament) so they can enjoy some healthy competition and feel like true hockey stars,” said Eric Friesen of the United Way.
To make sure the city’s youth get a chance to enroll in “Play On!,” make a donation online.
Registering your own team can be done by visiting PlayOn.ca.