Harwich Firefighters play in “Heroes Cup” hockey tournament for charity

– The Heroes Cup is a weekend long event designed to bring Firefighters, police officers, EMS, and military members together in a fun weekend to raise money and awareness for multiple charities. Each team will be playing for the charity of their choice with a cash prize going to the winning team’s charity of each division.

From the Heroes Cup website: “The mission of the Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament is to bring together First Responders, Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Members, and EMS workers for a fun weekend while promoting a healthy active lifestyle through hockey. Our goal is to show support for our First Responders while raising money for the charities they are passionate about. In 2017; the first year the Heroes Cup Hockey Tournament was held, 52 teams comprised on 850 hockey players played in over 120 hockey games throughout the weekend. The tournament champions included the Cape Cod Black Knights, Coast Guard Hockey, Somerville Fire Department, ATF Boston, Nashua Police, and Lowell Fire. This year the goal is to increase the size of the tournament with close to 80 teams giving more First Responders a chance to play.”

This is the second year that Harwich Fire has entered a team in the tournament. Firefighters from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth have made up the team and both years the team has played for the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center. A charity that is dear to department members due to the loss of Mary Clarke, wife of Captain John Clarke and mother of Firefighter Jim Clarke, from Multiple Myeloma. Additionally the Harwich Team purchased a custom jersey at auction, made for fallen Yarmouth Police Officer Sergeant Sean Gannon.

The Harwich team won their first four games to make it into the Championship game for their division, ultimately losing to the Nashua Police Team by one goal. Regardless of the outcome, the event is a huge success for all involved. “It provides a unifying and team-building opportunity that is truly difficult to match. The mix of competition, exercise, fun and being a part of such a large group of police, fire and military members is very special.” Lieutenant Scott Tyldesley.
Media release and photos furnished by Harwich Fire

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