Hockey Fights Cancer
In May of 2017, Reo Todesca (mother of Xaverian assistant coach Paul Todesca, Jr.) was diagnosed with stage 3b Non-Squamous Cell Lung Cancer. To honor her fight Paul and Xaverian Brothers High School partnered up with the Canton Ice House to host a Hockey Fights Cancer day in which both Canton High School and Xaverian would play back to back games and all proceeds would go to cancer research programs. The games were going to take place on 2/3/2018 with Reo in attendance, unfortunately, she was unable to make it and passed away on 12/28/2017. The games then became a memorial tribute to her and all others that have succumb to the awful disease.
In six years Hockey Fights Cancer has raised over $375,000 and established the Reo Todesca Memorial Foundation to honor Reo and keep her memory alive. The foundation also makes donations to help fund cancer research programs that will provide patients and families with prevention, screening, treatments and support so that more lives will be saved with the goal to “Conquer Cancer”.
2024 marks the 7th time the Canton Ice House will host Hockey Fights Cancer. Like last year the event will stretch over two days and will include some new members. Canton Youth Hockey, Canton HS Girls and Westwood HS Girls will be joining Xaverian, Westwood HS Boys, Curry College Men and Women and Stoughton HS Girls as the participants this year. The schedule will be as follows:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2024
7:00PM - Curry College (W) vs Salve Regina
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2024
3:00PM – Curry College (M) vs Salve Regina
5:30pm – Xaverian vs Malden Catholic
7:40pm – Westwood (B) vs Holliston
1:10PM – CYH Squirt A vs Braintree Squirt A
2:20PM – CYH Squirt B vs Barnstable Squirt B
6:00PM – Westwood (G) vs Dedham
8:15PM – Stoughton (G) vs Canton (G)
Admission is $10 for Adults | $5 for Students and includes a free Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirt. In addition, there will be a silent auction, chuck-a-puck, raffles, and much more. All proceeds from the night will be donated to The Reo Todesca Memorial Foundation.
Get to Canton on Friday & Saturday February 3rd & 4th for a weekend of great hockey for a great cause!