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OHL Alumni Association Joins the Fight to Conquer Cancer

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League Alumni Association working together with The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is thrilled to announce the OHL Alumni Association’s commitment to raise funds towards The Princess Margaret’s vision to conquer cancer in our lifetime.

Introduced in May, 2016, the OHL Alumni Association is a member focused organization with the primary function of forming a global hockey based community directed towards strengthening and sustaining the connection and relationship between alumni, the league, and current players.

The inaugural OHL Alumni Golf Tournament, hosted by the OHL Alumni Association on June 16, was the first of many networking events focused on bringing together former players from all generations and helped raise a total of $3,600.

Those funds have been pledged to the Alumni Association’s team fundraising goal of $20,000 for the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer – an event that has raised more than $13.5 million across Canada for cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.

By entering a team of former players, OHL Alumni Association members are picking up their sticks and bringing together old teammates/rivals in the name of cancer research.

“The OHL Alumni Association truly believes we can make a difference in the lives of our alumni, respective communities and worthwhile causes if we work together and combine our effort, just as we once did as players in the OHL,” says Justin Robinson, Chairman of the OHL Alumni Association Board. “We are pleased to direct our combined energy in partnership with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation with a great opportunity for all of our Alumni to get involved and give back to a tremendous cause.”

Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is a one-day road hockey fundraising event in which teams play five games through the course of the day. Last year, it set two world records and is now the largest road hockey fundraising event in the world. To date, more than 8,500 participants have taken part. This year, it takes place on Saturday, October 1, at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke. More than 1,500 people are expected to participate with many more joining their loved ones onsite throughout the day.

“The fact that the OHL Alumni Association has chosen to support the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation further demonstrates the commitment of the hockey community to help us leverage Canada’s game to beat this terrible disease,” says Shawn Burt, Chief Hockey Officer at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  “We can’t thank the OHL Alumni Association and their membership enough for their generous support.”

The OHL Alumni Association encourages members to support their efforts by joining the road hockey team on game day with details available through the league’s online network.  New members can register for a free online account where they will have the ability to stay up to date on upcoming association and league events, reconnect with old teammates, mentor a current player, and take advantage of all of the opportunities the vast network may provide.

The OHL and the Alumni Association also invites members to join the growing online community of OHL Alumni on LinkedIn.

To support the OHL Alumni Association team in the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, click here to visit the team page and to make an online donation.

About Princess Margaret Cancer Centre:

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in the fight against cancer and delivering Personalized Cancer Medicine. The Princess Margaret, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, is a member of the University Health Network, which also includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Michener Institute for Education at UHN. All are research hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto. www.theprincessmargaret.ca.

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation:

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, which includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research. www.thepmcf.ca.

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