To the editor,
Thank-you for a very nice article last month regarding the 15th annual Adirondack Police Hockey Tournament in Lake Placid. (Police play LP hockey tourney as tribute to fallen officers). It was particularly nice because Pete (other organizer) and I agree that it was probably the best tournament weekend we have ever had. The weather, the level of competition, the presence of the survivor families and the fact that every team went out of their way to make additional contributions or presentations to those families all came together to make this one above all others.
During the tournament (Sept. 17-19), teams composed of active and retired police officers from the U.S. and Canada, square off to add their name on “The Perkins Cup,” named for Charlie Perkins, a deceased New York State Trooper and former member of the NYSP hockey team. Local institutions such as the Bobby Preston Scholarship and the Blue Bombers hockey teams, among other have regularly received funds raised from the tournament. However, periodically (and sadly), the tournament has been dedicated to recently fallen officers of participating agencies. During those times we have hosted the families of those officers, treating them to an expense-free weekend in Lake Placid including lodging, meals, guided tours, a NY trooper chaperon, gifts and a tournament banquet held in their honor. Once tournament expenses are paid, a sizable donation is also sent to each family.
This year we had the privilege to be in the company of the families of two fallen heroes who were slain in the line of duty: Constable Vu Pham of the Ontario Provincial Police, and officer Eric Czapnik of the Ottawa Municipal Police. Between the two families we had 10 people as our guests, including 4 young boys. They all had an absolutely great time. They were able to enjoy a get-away weekend yet still have the familiar presence of their police families nearby.
Their level of enjoyment and great memories would not have been possible without the generous and thoughtful assistance of the following individuals, organizations and businesses:
Adirondack Awards, Adirondack Steak & Seafood, the Butler family, the Comfort Inn, Keith Clark, Trooper Nick Delehant, Stuart Hemsley, Grill 211, Hockey Plus, Howard Johnson’s Restaurant, Bob Kane, Lake Placid Blue Bombers Hockey Team, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Nicole Lefave, the Market, Butch Martin, the Mirror Lake Inn, Mike Nicola, The Northwoods Inn, Gordon W. Pratt Agency, the Lake Placid Rotary, Jared Steenberge, Bill and May Stanton, Beth Sullivan, Scuba Steve, NYSP Captain John Tibbitts, Valorie Trost, Dr. Duncan Winter and his wing man “Chicken,” Zig-Zags Pub, Young Lyon Hardware and Ted Blazer, Denny Allen and the always helpful crew at the Olympic Arena. This was the first time in the U.S. for the four boys (three of them got to skate on the 1980 rink!) as well as for Eric’s mom, who was visiting from Poland.
Thank you all for not only showing them the beauty of Lake Placid, but the generous nature of America.
Adirondack Police Hockey