14th annual Taylor Cup scores big, raising $135,000 for The Princess Margaret

By Sheri Block 

(Teams face off at the 14th annual Taylor Cup. Photos by Kemeisha McDonald)

The 14th annual Taylor Cup Pond Hockey Championship scored big this past weekend, raising $135,000 for sarcoma cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. 

With the cold, snowy weather no match for the love of the game and cause, 161 players and 27 teams took to the frozen pond in a round-robin style tournament on Sparrow Lake, just north of Orillia, Ont. 

(The weather was no match for the love of the game or the cause.) 

The event was created in honour of Judy Taylor, who had been diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, and passed away in 2003 at the age of 41. 

“We really wanted to do something to remember Judy and honour her memory,” said Brenda Buck, co-founder of Taylor Cup. 

“I think the fact that people come back year after year says a lot about how fun the weekend is and how important it is. Everybody has been touched by cancer in one way or another and this is a way to give back while still reconnecting with friends and family.”

(Winning team Deep Skids celebrate their victory.)

The team that took home the victory and the Taylor Cup Champion Cup was Deep Skids, made up of Stephen Gabrielli, Devin McElroy, Andrew Ogilvie, Patrick Wolff and Sean Monaghan. 

Team Two, made up of members Ian Chalmers, Todd Copeland, Jonathan Wyman, John Sanders, Bill Washington, Mike MacConnell, Trevor Whiteside, Greg Woodbury and Rob Tait, raised the most money at $26,503.21. 

The team enjoyed an Ultimate Player Experience with an outdoor heated dressing room, swag and unlimited beer courtesy of new title sponsor Moosehead Breweries.

For more information on Taylor Cup visit www.taylorcup.ca