By Anthony Capkun
March 26, 2013 – The 2013 Ontario Electric Utility Hockey Tournament taking place at the Invista Centre in Kingston, April 12-14. Consisting of 62 teams from electric utility companies across the province, the tournament is expected to draw about 1000 participants to the host community, along with an estimated 500 fans, families and friends.
The tournament is a fundraiser for various charities, organizations and causes. This year’s organizers are hoping to raise $15,000 in support of Drew Cumpson, a 21-year-old quadriplegic currently at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital. Drew, a Kingston native in his second year at the University of Guelph, was volunteering for humanitarian efforts in Peru when a devastating accident left him paralyzed and ventilator-dependent. Funds raised through the tournament will help cover expenses for medical equipment necessary for Drew to move home with his family.
Tourism Kingston is partnering with the Kingston Accommodation Partners to sponsor the event.
“Tourism Kingston is very pleased to be a sponsor of this tournament,” said Rob Carnegie, director of tourism marketing & development for the Kingston Economic Development Corp. “This event will not only have a significant impact on the local economy and showcase the city to visitors from across the province, but will also raise funds to help a very deserving young man move home with his family and continue his educational pursuits in tourism and hospitality.”
Mike McElwain, tournament director, is appreciative of the local support. “The tournament committee would like to thank Tourism Kingston and Kingston Accommodation Partners for their sponsorship and input to make this tournament a success. We would also like to thank the local businesses that are working with us. The people we have worked with at the Inivista Centre, local businesses and hotels will ensure we will return to Kingston for future tournaments.”
Spectators are welcome to drop by the Invista Centre to watch the games and to make a donation to Drew Cumpson. CLICK HERE for more information.