Durham College students play hockey to help the homeless

Students in DC's sports management program set up a booth to encourage participation in the Hockey Helps the Homeless event. Photo credit: Morgan Kelly

Durham College’s Hockey Helps the Homeless is coming back to the Campus Ice Centre next Friday (March 29).

The event is run in partnership with the Sports Management program at Durham College. The program has made it a part of the curriculum since the event started at DC three years ago.

Hockey Helps the Homeless started in 1996. It is a Canada-wide event that helps bring awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising and by partnering with local homeless agencies.

Several schools in Ontario also hold a similar tournament including Queen’s, Western and Guelph. Other cities where tournaments are held include Vancouver, Mississauga, Barrie and Toronto.

Three second-year students in the DC Sports Management Program – Colin Schuringa, Brock Tanner and Trevor Anniss – are helping organize the Oshawa event.

In each of its first two years, the event has raised $15,000 for Durham Outlook for the Needy.

This year there are 10 teams in the tournament, which is a 20 per cent increase from last year.

Each player pays a $50 deposit and then will have to raise an additional $250 to be allowed to play. However, most players raise an average of around $300 for the event. The event also has a number of national sponsors, like Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.

The DC version of the event has seen almost exclusively college students take part. One time, the board allowed a team of non-students into the tournament.

The event will be held on March 29 at the Campus Ice Centre. The tournament allows all teams to play three games but some teams that make it farther into the tournament play five games in a day.