Charity hockey tournament looks to set world record
500 players hope to set participation record in hockey game
A charity hockey tournament in Cochrane, Alta., hopes to raise money this weekend for disadvantaged kids while setting a record for the most players in an exhibition hockey game.
The Kimmett Cup is an annual three-on-three hockey tournament held in the memory of Lindsay Kimmett, a medical student from the University of Calgary who died in a car crash in 2008.
Ried Kimmett says his sister would have loved the tournament.
"I always say that it's absolutely one of my favourite days of the year, looking around and seeing all the smiling faces and everyone's having a great time. People are learning Lindsay's story and remembering the person she was," he said.
"But at the same time, it's also one of the most difficult days because I know how much she'd love to be one of the people out there on the ice, one of the people smiling, one of the people having fun with everyone."
One for the record books
This year the event is being held in conjunction with Hockey Quest 500, which has all 500 Kimmett Cup participants taking to the ice for 10 minutes each to try and set a Guinness world record for the most players in an exhibition hockey game.
The Kimmett family teamed up with fellow Cochrane resident Martin Parnell, who ran 250 marathons in 2010 and has participated in a number of Guinness World Record events.
Some of Parnell's other accomplishments include a world record for the longest netball game at 67 hours, playing lacrosse for 24 hours straight and playing in the longest five-on-five indoor soccer game.
All the money raised over the weekend will go to the organization Right to Play — a charity that gives kids around the world a chance to play sports.
The events are part of Parnell's plan to complete 10 Quests in five years in order to raise $1 million for Right To Play, which he says will help 20,000 children.
Family also pledges to fundraise
A Cochrane family inspired by Parnell's Quest for Kids also hit the ice at the Kimmett Cup and sold cupcakes at the tournament as part of their pledge to complete 10 fundraisers.
"I kind of decided, you know, be the change you want to see in the world," said Glenda Zamzo.
"I love all these little inspirational things, but I actually don't do anything, so I thought it's time to do something."
The family hopes to raise $25,000, which will be matched by the charity three times for a total of $100,000.
"I think one of the biggest pleasures is when I see a family, or an individual, or a boy and girl, who the light comes on and they say, 'Why don't I do this. I'll have fun with it, but also I can help somebody else.' That's what really makes it for me," said Parnell.