Mike Keane, former NHLer and Manitoba Moose captain, spearheaded the initiative of a charity hockey tournament to raise funds for Manitoba charities in partnership with Continuity Care, the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation (Formerly the Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation) and Jackson events. This event allows adult recreational hockey players from around Winnipeg to become wide-eyed kids again for the first time in decades as they take to the ice with their childhood heroes.
Each team has a former NHL star on its roster and the participants are treated like pros. They get to take part in a draft night, have their dressing room set up similar to one in pro hockey and get to play with their idols while getting the opportunity to interact with a former pro, get autographs and hear stories about the good old days. Pros get to spend this wonderful day with local hockey players who care about their community and have raised funds for two great charities: Continuity Care and the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
The inaugural tournament occurred in November 2010 where 16 teams participated in the tournament. In 2011, 18 teams participated in the tournament. Last year’s event raised over $400,000 and was a tremendous success. Everyone involved from the everyday hockey enthusiasts to the former NHL greats had an amazing time!