The second annual ‘Handlebar Hockey’ game is set to take over the Casman Centre for 24-hours.
Die-hard fans of the sport will hit the ice looking to raise funds for the Movember Foundation.
Organizer Clinton Bretecher tells Fort McMurray News he thought this would be a fun way to highlight an important cause.
“I just wanted to do something to try and give back to the community, to highlight health issues men typically deal with but don’t necessarily address and I wanted to try and incorporate something that a lot of people can relate to – living in Fort McMurray, it’s a big hockey community.”
Two teams will play in the game.
As tiring as the event sounds, Bretecher says it’s not as bad as people would think.
“Each team has two squads, so overall we have 68 men and women who are playing and they’ll play for an hour and then we clean the ice to make sure it’s nice and safe and then play for another hour.”
There will also be a two-hour break where players from Fort McMurray’s Minor Hockey Association will get a chance to participate.
As for fundraising, they were able to raise close to $25,000 during the first year.
Bretecher notes he’ll be happy to see any amount come in.
“My motto when I started to organize it was if we raise a lot of awareness and we raise one dollar and everybody has fun, nobody gets hurt, then we’ve done a good job.”
Throughout the 24 hours, Alberta Health Services and the Canadian Mental Health Association will be on hand to provide information and resources.
The game gets underway on November 16 at 7 p.m.