​On Saturday, September 29, Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO, UHN, announced that more than 1,400 participants in the second annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event in Toronto had raised $2.2 million.

Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer.jpgRoad Hockey to Conquer Cancer, the world's largest road hockey fundraising event took place at Ontario Place in Toronto. Hundreds of teams comprised of 8 to 12 players, as well as 50 celebrities, worked together to raise critical funding for cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society.<

The first teams played their first of five games at 8am, fuelled by coffee, a healthy Longo's breakfast and great enthusiasm. The games continued through the day. Among the teams participating in Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer was a squad comprised of local mayors, including the mayors of Brampton, Oakville, Stouffville, Markham, Orangeville, East Gwillimbury, Halton Hills, King Township, Aurora, Georgina and coached by Hazel McCallion of Mississauga.

Many celebrities were drafted by top fundraising teams, including current NHLers:  P.K. Subban, Jake Gardiner, Michael Del Zotto, David Clarkson, Joel Ward and Matt Frattin, former NHL stars Darryl Sittler, Marty McSorley, and Dave Schultz, former NHL coaches Mike Keenan and Gary Green, referees Bruce Hood, Bryan Lewis and Ray Scapinello, TV star Alan Thicke, James Duthie of TSN, and Olympians Rosie MacLennan (trampoline), Melissa Tancredi (soccer), Curt Harnett (cycling), Elizabeth Manley (figure skating), Jennifer Botterill (hockey) and Sami Jo Small (hockey).

Also notable was the presence of more than 50 doctors and researchers from the Princess Margaret Hospital community who played their hearts out and raised more than $124,500. A special thanks to the following teams and captains: Dr. Peter Ferguson for the Sacrominators, Dr. Tony Finelli for the Mighty Docs, Dr. Marcus Bernardini for Combat Cancer and Dr. David Jaffray for the Rink Rats. 

Between games, participants, volunteers and staff enjoyed food and beverages provided by Boston Pizza and Longo's, as well as massage therapy, live music and interactive games.

In the two years since its inception in 2011, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer will have raised more than $4.7 million to benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society. This year, the event has expanded to include not only Toronto, but Vancouver and Edmonton as well.

For more information and to register for Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer in 2013, visit teamuptoconquercancer.ca or email Shawn Burt at shawn.burt@pmhf.ca.

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