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Taylor Cup Pond Hockey tourney draws a crowd

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times


The eighth annual Taylor Cup Pond Hockey Championship saw its largest turnout yet as 36 teams took to the ice, says Lisa Cox, organizer of the three-day event.

“We had a fabulous year,” Cox said Sunday. “The ice conditions were perfect, the best we’ve had in years.”

The four-on-four tournament takes place on the southern shore of Sparrow Lake, at Bayview Wildwood Resort in memory of Judy Taylor.

A hockey fan, Taylor died in 2003 at 41 years old from sarcoma — the same rare and aggressive cancer that eventually took the life of Terry Fox.

“(Her) group of friends, we wanted to raise a significant amount of money to help others battling the disease hoping they would have a different fate than Judy,” Cox said.

This year’s tournament raised $140,000 for Princess Margaret Hospital.

“For so many of the teams, cancer has touched them,” Cox said. “It really makes for a group of motivated fundraisers.”

Over eight years, the tournament has raised $960,000 for the Toronto hospital.

“We were hoping to hit the $1-million mark this year, but it just wasn’t in the cards,” Cox said.

All 36 teams played four games on the weekend, with the top teams heading into the finals Sunday.

“I would say half of (the teams) come from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), but there (are) a number of local teams,” Cox said.

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