Minnesota Lawmen Go Head to Head in Fundraising Hockey Tournament

Created: March 15, 2019 07:00 PM

What do law enforcement officials do when they're not keeping communities safe? Some of them play hockey.

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Friday marked the start of the 13th annual Lake Superior Lawmen Hockey Tournament. The two-day tournament brings together current and former Duluth police officers, Duluth firefighters, member of the military, and other safety personell for a friendly head to head game of puck.

The tournament doubles as a fundraising event for the Northern Lights Foundation, who provides grants to families that have children who are battling life threatening illnesses.

"For us in public safety, we dedicate our lived to helping other people," says Matt McShane, a patrol sergeant on the Duluth Police Department. "I think for us, coming out here in a relaxed atmosphere, some good comradery, good challenging games between one another, and to raise funds for a great organization is a whole package event for us."

22 teams in total are participating, and they come from across the entire state of Minnesota. Six of those teams are from Canada. Since the tournament started 13 years ago, $97,000 has been raised for Northern Lights. And 100% of the proceeds raised during the two days will be given to the foundation. 

Saturday's puck drop is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at the Essentia Heritage Sports Center in West Duluth and at the Superior Hockey Arena in Superior. 

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