Here is the story written by Mike Davies that appeared in the Peterborough Examiner:
This is a special week for the Peterborough Minor Hockey Council for two reasons.
This weekend the PMHC’s AAA Petes will host their annual earlybird
tournament for novice and atom players with a new name – the Pat Larock
Kawartha Earlybird Tournament. The new name honours the the longest
serving volunteer in PMHC history and the only person awarded a lifetime
membership with the organization. Mr. Larock died in May 2011.
The PMHC also announced Wednesday during a press conference at East
Side Mario’s that it has chosen the Jack McGee Kawartha Komets as its
charity of choice for the 2012-13 season.
PMHC president Walter DiClemente presented Komets officials with the
first of three $1,000 cheques to assist the special needs hockey
“As an organization, the Minor Petes have always been blessed with
remarkable community support, both from our team and tournament sponsors
and from some amazing and committed volunteers,” DiClemente said.
“The Kawartha Komets is a fabulous not-for-profit organization and
they do great work. The Komets were launched in 2009 to give girls and
boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional or neurodevelopmental
challenges the opportunity to play the game we all love so much. It’s an
opportunity for us to give back, to assist in some small way, to make
sure young people with autism, Aspberger’s syndrome, ADHD, Tourette’s
syndrome, Down syndrome and other challenges, have a chance to get out
on the ice and have fun. After all, that’s what hockey is all about.”
DiClemente said the PMHC is pleased to honour Mr. Larock who
volunteered selflessly for more than 50 years in minor hockey in
Peterborough, many of them on the PMHC executive and board.
“Pat was Peterborough hockey,” DiClemente said. “It was all about the
kids for Pat. His spirit will be on the ice with the kids this weekend
The tournament features 45 teams, 15 in each division. Games will
begin at 8 a.m. each day with action at the Asphodel-Norwood Community
Centre, Evinrude Centre, Kinsmen Civic Centre and Northcrest Arena.
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