Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Manitoba-born pro hockey players will return home to play for the love of the game and a great cause Thursday.
NHLers such as Nigel Dawes, Derek Meech, Dustin Boyd, Cam Barker and Jonathan Toews are competing in the Sizzlin’ Summer Showdown put on by the Believe in the Goal Foundation at Selkirk Recreation Complex.
“Honestly, it’s such a great cause and they do so much work,” said Dawes, a New York Rangers forward. “It’s really easy for us to come
back and do it.”
Proceeds from the game help improve cancer care in Manitoba and help the foundation send kids with the disease on all-expense paid trips to watch their favorite NHL teams play.
Dawes has taken part in the Sizzlin’ Summer Showdown and has supported the foundation since Todd Davison’s dream became a reality in 2006. Davison died that year, but before he did, the former Regina Pat brought together a bunch of his hockey buddies and others to create an all-star charity hockey game to help fight cancer.
No stranger to the disease, Davison was battling synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer in his shoulder that effectively put an end to his hockey career.
The first game in 2006 sold out and raised about $50,000. Davison succumbed to cancer Dec. 2 of the same year.
Since his passing, friends and family have continued with his efforts and added a golf tournament, expanded the foundation’s line of merchandise, and developed a patch program for all sports teams who want to help