Hockey game will help fulfil coach's vision

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GLACE BAY — A father's vision will be fulfilled as the third annual Eddy Cup memorial hockey game takes place Sunday at the Bayplex.

Edison Boutilier

Game time is 7 p.m.

Ryan Boutilier said his late father Edison Boutilier believed in helping families in difficult times.

"My father didn't like to see kids cut from a hockey team, he felt all kids should be allowed to play."

The Boutiliers coached the Glace Bay High School Panthers hockey team together for two years before Edison fought a five-month battle with cancer and eventually died on June 28, 2011.

Wanting to keep his father's memory alive, Boutilier organized an all-inclusive hockey game. The 60 students who wanted to try out for the Panthers all participated in the game.

"For that one night, everyone got to play in front of a big crowd and wear the Panthers gear."

Boutilier said it was such a success it was decided to make the game an annual event and set up the Edison Boutilier Helping Kids Fund.

"I know my father would be happy as this helps out different families and it's allowing players to play the game they want to play."

The first year $4,350 was raised and the money went to the family of Brayden Vaters of Glace Bay, who was born with an immune system disease. The second year $3,690 was raised and the money was used to buy powdered milk for the Glace Bay Food Bank as well as 15 winter jackets for the local elementary school students. Money was also used to help the family of seven-year-old Kellen Surette who lost his battle with cancer earlier this month.

“Personally Kellen was someone that I loved a great deal and someone that I will miss dearly. I know Dad would be very proud that through his name and his family he was able to help Kellen.”

Boutilier said proceeds from this Sunday's game will be used to help three families directly affected by childhood cancer, including the Surettes and the families of Emma MacRae and Logan Harris.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. There will also be a silver collection at the door and even splits.

Organizations: Panthers, Glace Bay High School Panthers, Edison Boutilier Helping Kids Fund Glace Bay Food Bank

Geographic location: Glace Bay

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