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Hockey tournament gives seniors 70 and older a chance to lace up the skates

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WATCH ABOVE: Twenty-two hockey teams are facing off as the puck drops in a friendly annual tournament – where every player is over the age of 70. Global's Billy Shields reports – Apr 9, 2018

Larry Bergeron told Global News that 15 years ago, he and his friends had trouble playing hockey because of their age (he was 72 then, he’s now 87). Now the tournament he and a friend founded is fielding 22 teams from Quebec and Ontario — all with players over the age of 70.

The puck dropped on the 15th edition of the Lassonde-Tyler hockey tournament. And the oldest player in this year’s event is Doug Palmer, who turns 91 at the end of this month.

“I think it’s too late now to quit,” he joked as he laced up his skates.

The Lassonde-Tyler hockey tournament drew 22 teams this year, eight of which come from out of the province.
The Lassonde-Tyler hockey tournament drew 22 teams this year, eight of which come from out of the province. Billy Shields/Global News

Eight of the 22 teams in the tournament come from out of the province this year. Many of the participants took to the ice were mindful of the tragedy out in Saskatchewan.

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“I get goosebumps talking about it,” said John O’Halloran, 82. ‘We all have grandkids and they’re travelling quite a bit these days.”

The tournament is slated to run through the end of this week. The proceeds go to benefit the South Shore Alzheimer’s Society.