Posted: Nov 26, 2011 6:19 PM by Tara Oster (KPAX News)
Updated: Nov 26, 2011 6:56 PM
MISSOULA- Medical professionals, people over 50, and advanced hockey players strapped on their skates for a cause.
The Community Medical Center Foundation organized a hockey tournament to raise money for community medical center.
They created fun rules to keep the tournament interesting. "Ty's Rules" are named after the foundation's founder Ty Robinson. Their rules included, but were not limited to:
Two members of each team must be medical professionals.
Two must be women.
Two players are advanced, but only one is allowed on the ice at a time.
Two players are novice.
Organizers said they had to turn away about 30 people that wanted to join the tournament after they heard about it.
Surgeon at Community Medical Center Dr. Tim Richards helped organize the event and even participated in the tournament. "We tried to get some awareness for the arena for ice skating in general and mostly to raise money for the Women's and Newborn Center at Community Medical Center. And so we kind of put the two together. And having a lot of fun playing hockey; it's great," he said.
The foundation has raised $5.2 million so far for the Women's and Newborn Center that is currently under construction at the medical center
They hope to raise $7.5 million by December of 2012 and organizers said every little bit helps.