Thank you to everyone who sponsored, participated and volunteered with the 2012 Docs On Ice provincial doctors’ hockey tournament. Close to $200,000 was raised for the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation in support of the Youth Sports Concussion Program.
“Docs (Doctors of Ontario Charity) on Ice” is an annual fundraising doctors hockey tournament that began in 1983. It originated as a weekend event in the memory of Peterborough urologist and hockey player, Dr. Peter Howes, who died in a motor vehicle accident in the early 1980s. Peterborough has hosted the 10th and 20th editions of the tournament in 1992 and 2002 respectively. The local Docs on Ice Committee consists of doctors Jamie Lever, John Reesor, Steve Brien, Jonathan Mallory, Doug Turner, Gabriel Fuoco, Iain Jamieson, Bill Rogers,
Deepinder Brar and Terry May, who all play on the local Peterborough Quacks hockey team.
The Docs On Ice tournament is run by physicians and volunteers to raise money through donations, sponsorship, registration fees, and special events. The event has been attended by high profile celebrities, including NHL players and alumni, media personnel, and television personalities. The Tournament affirms the principals of charity, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. Docs on Ice is hosted by a different city each year to raise funds for a local charity in the host community.
The inaugural 1983 tournament in Peterborough iced 8 teams of physicians. The Docs on Ice tournament has grown over the last 29 years to include 50 teams with more than 800 physicians and medical students from across Ontario. To date, Docs on Ice has raised over $1 million dollars for charity.