Memorial hockey tournament to benefit search for a cure

GREATER SPRINGFIELD — The Danny Turgeon Memorial Hockey Challenge has partnered with Katelynn's Ride to benefit Baystate Regional Cancer Programs Pediatric Oncology and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

On March 5, the Shields of Hope team captains and tournament organizers, Francois Turgeon, Mike Allard and Allan Shadel, want to do more than just challenge local teams on the ice. Their goal is to challenge members of the community to fight for a cure.

Adult hockey teams throughout Western Massachusetts will join together for an afternoon tournament at the William J. Lossone Hockey Rink located on the campus of The Williston Northampton School in East-hampton.

The second annual tournament, named in memory of Turgeon's brother, will feature a round robin style competition comprised of four teams each of whom are hoping to raise awareness and $15,000 for cancer research and treatment.

The Danny Turgeon Memorial Hockey Challenge is open to the public with an admission price of $3. There will be food, beverages and an opportunity to win fantastic prizes.

Games will take place at 1, 2:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted through the tournament's Web site at or by mail. Checks should be made payable to "KRide, Inc." and may be sent to Katelynn's Ride, PO Box 755, Springfield, MA 01101-0755.

Katelynn's Ride was founded in 2001 after 11-year-old Katelynn Battista, of West Springfield, lost her life to cancer.

Each year, Battista's family and friends join area cyclists and volunteers as together to make a difference. The ride offers 10-, 25- 50- and 100-mile routes with a post-ride celebration for participants and their families.

Participants are encouraged to register early, as slots are limited. The 2011 Katelynn's Ride will take place June 5 at Hampshire College in Amherst. Katelynn's Ride Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

For more information about Katelynn's Ride or to register, visit or call 303-9233.

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