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Rideau Canal hosts first Canal Classic hockey game

Parliamentarians, members of the press gallery, and NHL and former Olympians strapped on skates Thursday for a morning hockey tournament on the Rideau Canal.

Parliamentarians, members of the press gallery and athletes competed in tournament

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Governor General David Johnston dropped the puck at the inaugural Canal Classic hockey game Thursday morning onthe Rideau Canal.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay laced up for the first Canal Classic hockey game. (CBC)
Parliamentarians, members of the media and athletes gathered for a friendly hockey game as the Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat cheered them on.

The event raised money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, a national program that helps kids in need participate in organized sports and recreational activities.