AUBURN — The second annual Auburn Firefighters MDA Holiday Hockey Tournament brought together several teams from various fire departments and businesses throughout the region in support of a common cause.
Six teams brought their best game to the ice on Saturday at the Casey Park Ice Rink in the hopes of making it to the final championship game which will be held Sunday.
The longstanding relationship between the Auburn Firefighters local 1446 and their charity of choice, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, is what brought about the annual tournament.
“We wanted to think outside of the box,” said Auburn firefighters Justin Wood. “We wanted the charity event to not only benefit the MDA but also benefit our community as well. We live in such a wonderful thriving place and by bringing other teams in from out of town it helps our local businesses. Hockey is a good winter sport, and we have a great rink right here. It’s just a win win for everyone.”
Teams from the Auburn Fire Department, Monroe County FD, Watertown FD, Elmira FD, Nucor Steel and Auburn Alumni are competing in the two-day event.
Event organizers are hoping to expand the amount of teams in future events.
The Auburn Hockey Boosters, which currently oversees and maintains the Casey Park rink, has been an instrumental part in supporting the annual holiday event.
“We are open to any type of event and have open skating every weekend,” said the Auburn Hockey Boosters President Tim Clifford. “And we are especially happy to support the annual holiday tournament.”
While teams were competing on the ice Saturday, several volunteers were selling T-shirts, raffles and hot chocolate with all proceeds going to the MDA.
The event is open to the public and will continue through today's championship game. The winning team will take home a fire extinguisher trophy.