Team Staal hopefuls in Thunder Bay, northwestern Ontario raise $35K+ for Northern Cancer Fund

​Kids across northwestern Ontario with hopes to play hockey alongside NHL greats the Staal brothers raised $35,817 for the Northern Cancer Fund this year, organizers said Monday.

Kids raising money for cancer care earn rare chance to play road hockey with Thunder Bay's Staal brothers

Team Staal 2018 Fundraising Contestants join Jordan Staal and members of the Board of Directors for the Staal Foundation Open. (Supplied)

Kids across northwestern Ontario with hopes to play hockey alongside NHL greats the Staal brothers raised $35,817 for the Northern Cancer Fund this year, organizers said Monday.

The Team Staal Fundraising Contest, now in its third year, gives kids between the ages of seven and 12, who fundraise for cancer research, the opportunity to play as part of Team Staal in the Staal Foundation Open's Summer Classic, a road hockey game that will also feature the Staals. 

"Once again the kids of Thunder Bay and surrounding communities across Northwestern Ontario have done an incredible job of fundraising in the 2018 Team Staal Fundraising Contest," the Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal said in a media release. "Our family is so proud of these kids and of what they've accomplished."

The top three fundraisers, Samuel "Sambo" McQuay from Atikokan, Tristan Jaspers from Thunder Bay and Adrian Echum from Longlac, all automatically secured spots on Team Staal and together raised over $19,000.

Two other fundraisers, Parker Sisco from Fort Frances and Carson Clarke from Murillo, were drawn randomly to join Team Staal.

Kids will have another chance to join this year's team  if they take part in a special scavenger hunt on June 24.

This year's Summer Classic will be held on July 9 at Whitewater Golf Course and will feature NHL and PGA Tour Canada players as well as sports broadcasters.

Since its inception three years ago, the Team Staal contest has raised nearly $113,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund which supports cancer care in northwestern Ontario including diagnosis, treatment and research.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story said, "Since its inception three years ago, the Team Staal contest has raised nearly $113,000 for cancer research." It should read "Since its inception three years ago, the Team Staal contest has raised nearly $113,000 for the Northern Cancer Fund, which supports cancer care in northwestern Ontario, including diagnosis, treatment and research."
    Jun 13, 2018 9:59 AM ET