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Puck drops on ninth Police Cup hockey tournament

Event designed to encourage community engagement
Greater Sudbury Police chief Paul Pedersen drops the puck on the opening ceremonies of the ninth annual Police Cup hockey tournament on Friday. Taking part in the faceoff is Zack Guthrie of Long Lake and Alex Reynolds of Cedar Park. (Arron Pickard)

The puck has dropped on the ninth annual Police Cup hockey tournament.

Games will run throughout the weekend at Countryside and Garson arenas, with the final game being played on Sunday at Countryside Arena.

The full schedule of games is at

More than 500 local players from the Sudbury Playground Hockey League (SPHL) will be competing in the tournament. 

“Greater Sudbury Police Service hosts the event in order to make a positive impact with Greater Sudbury youth through community engagement, coupled with organized sports and a whole lot of fun,” said a news release. 

Once again this year, participants of the tournament will be giving back to the community through Play it Forward, by donating a non-perishable food items at the Countryside Arena. Guests and spectators who attend the tournament are also encouraged to donate non-perishable food items in hopes of replenishing local food bank supplies after the holiday season.

At last year’s Police Cup, about 4,700 pounds of food and $250 in cash were collected. The funds and non-perishable food items were donated to local food banks.