Greater Sudbury Police Services officially dropped the puck for the 10th anniversary of the Police Cup hockey tournament.
Chief Paul Pedersen dropped the puck Friday morning at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Arena to officially kick-off this year’s tournament.
Each year approximately 550 local youth and coaches from the S.P.H.L. (Sudbury Playground Hockey League) participate in and compete for the Police Cup in various age divisions.
"The Greater Sudbury Police Service is proud to partner with the Sudbury Playground Hockey League to put on this annual sporting event," said a GSPS news release.
"This being the 10th anniversary of the Police Cup, it is estimated that through this tournament the Greater Sudbury Police Service has developed trusting relationships and had positive interactions with approximately 6,500 Sudbury youth and their families."
Once again this year, players, coaches and spectators of the tournament will be giving back to the community by donating non-perishable food items through the ‘PLAY IT FORWARD CHALLENGE’ in an effort to replenish the Sudbury Food Bank’s supplies after the Holiday Season.
Since 2015, the “Play it Forward Challenge” has raised over 30,000 pounds of food and cash donations, all of which have been donated to the Sudbury Food Bank.
Community partners and sponsors include; the Greater Sudbury Police Services Board, Sudbury Police Association, Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund, Bob’s Service Center, Boyuk’s Towing, RHP Hockey Training Facility, Skater’s Edge Source for Sports, Topper’s Pizza, Nordoors, Glencore, Sudbury Rainbow CrimeStoppers, Tim Horton’s, Jim’s Automotive, John E. Smith Realty, The Dog House, Rock Solid Wrestling, Kings Sportswear, Kustom Klubhouse, Fisher Wavy, Sudbury Credit Union and Xcaliber Trophies.