Dear friends and family, this coming October 20th the Olde Crabs Hockey Club will host its Thirteenth Annual Senior Invitational Ice Hockey Tournament. We'll bring together 28 teams and close to 400 players from a dozen states, offering four competitive age divisions ( men's 50's, 60's 70's and over 40 women) to compete for the revered King Crab Trophy. As some of you are aware, I've been playing competitive ice hockey since I was a kid. Despite warnings from Ann, family, friends, and several doctors, who have attended to multiple broken bones, and performed several surgeries to restore my aging extremities, I'm still going strong. I've competed in senior recreation leagues and tournaments in the US and Canada with the Olde Crabs Hockey Club for over twenty years. I'm fortunate! As I get older the competition gets slower too!
This year I’ll be representing both the Olde Crabs over 60’s and 70’s teams and playing in as many as six games over the weekend. Obviously I'm nuts about ice hockey. I've been an officer of the Crabs since 1996, Co-Chairman of our annual tournament since its founding and currently the Club President. The Olde Crabs Hockey Club was founded 1991 as a travelling over 50 hockey club, and in 2006 the Club was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In addition to promoting adult men and women’s recreational amateur hockey, our charter is to serve the local community through charitable fund raising to help and aid the disadvantaged and needy. The proceeds from our first Charity Tournament in 2005 were donated to the American Diabetes Association. Over the ensuing years our charitable fund raising has expanded significantly in support of both local and national causes including domestic violence, Alzheimers Disease, local food banks, Salvation Army, returning veterans and the Connecticut Storm a special needs hockey club focused on Autism. Last year the Crabs raised and donated $22,000 to those in need and to date the Olde Crabs Tournament has raised well over $100,000 for charities. I ask you to consider supporting those in need in our community by donating to EC's Team on the link below. No gift is too small and every dollar is revered. All gifts are tax deductible. Thank you for your support, EC