Hockey greats on the ice helping the homeless at Kingston Pro-Am tournament

Kids play ice hockey

The 1st Annual Pro-Am Charity Hockey Tournament is being held in Kingston. Hockey Helps the Homeless has partnered with OneRoof and Trellis for the event, taking place on Friday, November 3rd, 2023.

Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) is a nationally registered charity that coordinates and executes one-day charity hockey tournaments where people of all genders get a chance to play with hockey greats while raising funds to address the needs of the estimated 250,000 people experiencing homelessness in Canada every year. Event organizers explain that the net proceeds from the tournament will support people who access the low-barrier services OneRoof and Integrated Care Hub offer to youth and adults in the city.

"We are proud to partner with OneRoof and Trellis' Integrated Care Hub as we harness the power of sport to help people experiencing homelessness in Kingston," says Andrew Gucciardi, Executive Director of Hockey Helps the Homeless.

Each of the teams registered will play alongside hockey greats from the Canadian women's Olympic team and NHL Alumni including Doug Gilmour, Jayna Hefford, and Al Iafrate, and musicians including Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip. Many players with connections to Kingston, including Jay McClement, Todd Gill, and Mike Zigomanis are also available to draft.

"Tourism Kingston is a proud sponsor of Hockey Helps the Homeless and we're thrilled to see the event hosted in Kingston. With the city's rich hockey history, sport-hosting strength, and our engaged, charitable community it's a great fit for Kingston and Kingstonians," says Megan Knott, CEO of Tourism Kingston.

Those interested in volunteering or playing as a free agent should email to get involved.

With files by CFRA's Connor Ray