Hockey tournament fundraiser to be held in support of Arthur

As Sylvan Lake’s Michael Arthur continues his brave battle against leukemia, so too does the community’s support of him and his family.

As Sylvan Lake’s Michael Arthur continues his brave battle against leukemia, so too does the community’s support of him and his family.

The ‘Fight Like Mike’ fundraising group will host a two-day fundraising event in support of the 10-year-old March 27 and 28.

It begins with a three-on-three hockey tournament for Novice, Atom and Peewee divisions at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex from 6 to 9 p.m. March 27. That’s followed by a free family event at the Community Centre from 7 to 11 p.m. on March 28. There, West of the Fifth will perform their musical talents.

An obstacle course, face painting, road hockey, mini sticks and a barbecue will all be available for families and children to enjoy.

Travis Brigley, who coaches Arthur’s Atom AA Lakers hockey team, is encouraging members of the community to take part in the event.

“It’s just a fun-filled evening for anybody who’s willing to come out,” he said. “You don’t have to spend any money – there’s no pressure. Just come down and have a great day and try and support Michael Arthur and his fight with cancer.”

All events are open to the public at no cost.

There will also be a chance for patrons to get their hands on a number of auction items, including fishing trips, hockey jerseys, hockey sticks, pictures and spa packages.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” said Brigley. “The more people we can get coming through there supporting the family the better. That’s why we’re all doing it.”

He added he’s been glad to see such strong community support shown for Arthur and his family in recent weeks.

“This community is coming together like you wouldn’t believe.” he said. “It’s great and it makes you feel good that you live in Sylvan Lake. It’s a great town and it’s more than just a lake. It’s a great place to call home.”