Press Release, Dec 10, 2018

PLAY FOR A CURE: NHL Alumni Players to assist in local cancer research

WINDSOR- Former NHLer Adam Graves summed it up best: “Hockey is an excellent platform to raise much needed funds & awareness for cancer research in Windsor Essex.” Graves will be joined by Marty McSorley, Marty Turco, Dennis Maruk, Todd Warriner, John Ogrodnick, the Detroit Red Wings alumni team and more at the inaugural Play For A Cure NHL Alumni Pro-Am event. The event will be held over two days on March 28th and 29th, 2019. On Thursday March 28th there will be a Draft Party where participating teams have a chance to draft their NHL Alumni teammate. Play For A Cure teams compete for the priority draft selection by fundraising, and the top fundraisers receive the top pick. Friday March 29th is tournament day and the NHL Alumni will play alongside the local team that drafted them. Friday evening, the top fundraising individuals will get to play against the infamous Detroit Red Wing Alumni team.

A news conference is set for 11am, December 10 at the Windsor Regional Hospital’s Cancer Centre, 1995 Lens Avenue to provide more details about the event.

All funds will support the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund, a new fund hosted at the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation, established to support collaborative cancer research initiatives in Windsor-Essex.

“This cause is a big part of my life.  In fact, it has saved my life.  I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for cancer research” says lead organizer Jeff Casey. “I love hockey so I decided to do something fun and unique that will raise the profile of the amazing work being done by researchers in our community. For example, the Windsor Cancer Research Group, a multi-disciplinary collaborative, is doing tremendous work to help find a cure.”

Because of research, 60% of people diagnosed with cancer survive 5 years or longer.  Raising money to expand local research means more lives can be saved.

“Education and research have been among the main drivers of the new Windsor-Essex Hospitals System right from the beginning,” says David Musyj, CEO Windsor Regional Hospital.  “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to think big and position the region as a leader in medical research and education. By strengthening the research and scholarship culture in the region we put Windsor-Essex in a better position to recruit and retain top physicians, professional healthcare staff, researchers and medical leaders. “

Casey says the tournament already has 8 team sponsors and the organizing committee is looking for more event sponsors – whom he hopes will want to support the collaboration aspects of this event and to put a spotlight on cancer research and finding a cure.

“Bringing researchers with different training backgrounds together will provide cutting edge solutions for cancer patients in Windsor-Essex, this WILL ultimately save lives, says Dr. Lisa Porter, PhD, Translational Research Director WCRG and Professor at University of Windsor.

“Not only will funds go directly into raising money for research to save lives but this event will spotlight the important work we are doing and also it’s just such a fun event to be involved with.”

Dr. K.W. Siu, PhD, Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Windsor, says this event shows the sense of community spirit in this area; “The Great work being done in Windsor-Essex to advance our understanding of cancer and our ability to diagnose and treat it would not have been possible without the continual generous support of our community.”


Gail Robertson
Jeff Casey
Harvey Snaden