Local hockey players raise over $14,000 to battle prostate cancer

By Johnathan Houle – Special to The Record
Local hockey players raise over $14,000 to battle prostate cancer
Pro Cure Sherbrooke team members and co-captains Denis Petitclerc and Steve Stickles accepting the Jean-Pagé cup from Procure representative Anthony Lamour. The local hockey team raised over $14,200 to fight prostate cancer through the Les Soirées Du Hockey Procure event. (Photo : Matthew McCully)

Members of Team Pro Cure Sherbrooke gathered at Bishop’s Molson Arena on Thursday afternoon to accept the Jean-Pagé cup from representatives from Procure, a non-profit organization that supports the fight against prostate cancer. The trophy, named after the late famed hockey announcer, was gladly accepted by Team Pro Cure Sherbrooke, as they were proud to raise a little over $14,200, coming in first in total money raised throughout the entire hockey tournament.

Started by a small group of friends in early 2014, the fundraising tournament was originally much smaller than what it is today.

“Initially it was something a bunch of guys in the Sherbrooke area came up with called the ‘Real Ice Challenge’,” said Denis Petitclerc, one of the founders of the event. “It was originally a way to raise money to support the fight against cancer while playing hockey with friends.” The first hockey tournament raised around $2,500. By early 2019, the annual tournament was raising upwards of $5,000, an incredible feat for the small tournament held in Sherbrooke’s Thibault Arena.
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