All eight Manitoba Female "AAA" Midget Hockey League teams shared a common goal earlier this month - the fight against cancer.

The Pembina Valley Hawks, Central Plains Capitals, Yellowhead Chiefs, Westman Wildcats, Winnipeg Avros, Eastman Selects, Norman Wild and Interlake Lightning played four league games at the Selkirk Recreation Complex on Sunday, November 6th as the MFMHL held it's Female Hockey Fights Cancer event.

"It was a good weekend," said Hawks manager Jody Scott. "The league has been trying to get all eight teams involved in this for a number of years but they've had it on a weekend that actually did not work for a lot of teams so they changed the weekend. The league really pushed that all eight teams be involved and it turned out to be a great weekend."

"Anytime teams can go out and play a sport that you love to play and at the same time raise a bunch of money for anybody that needs those finances it's great."

With the sale of 50/50 and silent auction tickets as well as financial donations, the MFMHL has raised close to $30,000 dollars for CancerCare Manitoba.

The Hawks contribution was just under $1,600 dollars.

"It's the first year that we've been involved," Scott said. "Dennis Park was the main organizer who did a great job. It's something we want to continue in the future. Every team got a set of jerseys that represents cancer and moving forward I hope it's going be one of those where we challenge the Hawks team personally to do better every year as far as raising money."


photos courtesy Merlin Heppner