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Pond hockey players skate for a cause


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Mad City Pond Hockey Championship brought players of all skill levels to Vilas Park Lagoon this weekend for some friendly competition and a good cause.

Event organizers partnered with the UW Carbone Cancer Center Pancreas Cancer Task Force to raise money for cancer research.

"If you're going to do a hockey event, let's do it for a cause," said Ben Cowan, one of the organizers of the tournament. "Who knows? Maybe we could find a cure."

For Gene Tempel, the event held an even greater meaning. Tempel lost his wife Becky to pancreatic cancer in 2012. Both were longtime, active members of Madison's hockey community.

"She was a big backer, and she loved the game very much," said Tempel. "The biggest thing that's kept me going is hockey."

In all, 57 teams played in 149 games over the course of the weekend. Organizers are hoping to add even more participants in order expand the tournament in the future.

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