Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer breaks record with $3.1 million raised at 9th annual event

02/10/2019
By Maria Georgiou

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The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation hosted its 9th annual Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer fundraiser at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Sept. 28, surpassing their world records and raising $3.1 million for vital cancer research. Since launching, the event has collectively raised over $23 million.

This year’s event welcomed more than 1,900 participants and featured a record-breaking 167 teams that played four exciting games throughout the course of the day.

The dawn-to-dusk fundraising event, which holds Guinness World Records for the largest road hockey fundraiser in the world – both in participation and funds raised, brings together passionate Canadians who share our vision: to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.

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Michael Storfer, captain of Team Next Storfer, shared his story at Road Hockey’s opening ceremonies. When his mother passed away 15 years ago from cancer, he decided to look for an opportunity to give back and engage others to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 

“So much progression has been made over the years at the Cancer Centre. Road Hockey is a great way to get engaged and give back. People are having fun and are happy to be here,” says Michael.

This year, Michael Storfer and Ken Marks spearheaded recruitment of the Plumbing Division, raising almost $350,000 for The Princess Margaret.

Canadian hockey legends Doug Gilmour, Paul Coffey, Shayne Corson, Nick Kypreos, BizNasty (Paul Bissonnette) and the Hanson Brothers, were some of the legends that brought their hockey talent to help conquer cancer. As an incentive, the top teams were able to draft and play with their favourite hockey celebrity of choice. 

“We’re all affected by cancer, whether its friends or family, you know someone who has gone through a battle,” says Doug Gilmour, former Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player. “To raise over $3 million is pretty phenomenal. Everybody puts their hearts into this, we need the funds to find a cure and that’s what everyone’s out here for.”
 
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Top fundraising teams were able to draft their favourite celebrity at the Celebrity Draft party on Friday, Sept. 27.
Pictured: The Hanson Brothers.

Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer raises vital funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. The support of our volunteers, donors, participants and sponsors enables Future Care Now for critical new areas of research, personalized cancer medicine and earlier detections of cancer for patients at the Cancer Centre.

Register your team for the 10th Anniversary of Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer on Sept. 26, 2020 at roadhockeytoconquercancer.ca.