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Kevin Major hockey tourney


July 24, 2013
WESTFIELD – Noble Hospital is pleased to announce its partnership to promote hands only CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) awareness at the third annual Kevin J. Major Memorial Hockey Tournament.

The event will take place on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Amelia Park Ice Arena. During the tournament, Noble Hospital’s staff will conduct a CPR/AED Awareness program designed to educate and inform the public about new Hands-Only CPR guidelines. The event is free and open to the pubic.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). An AED is a portable electronic device that treats cardiac arrhythmias with electrical therapy. This stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

The third annual Kevin J. Major Hockey Tournament will feature four divisions; teams in each division will be vying for a spot to play in the championship game on Sunday. Winning teams will be awarded the 2013 “Kev Cup.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kevin J. Major Youth Sports (KEVS) Foundation.

KEVS Foundation was created in memory of Kevin Major, a talented Western Massachusetts athlete who died of hypotrophic cardiomyopathy in 2011. The foundation provides financial aid, to motivate, educate and encourage children 19 years and younger to take part in structured youth sports program. KEVS Foundation also provides free heart screenings for youths and donates AEDs to be placed in our communities.

For more information, contact the Community Development Office at info@noblehealth.org or 568-2811 ext. 5520, or Susan Canning of KEVS Foundation at 237-5039.



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