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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
Jordan Fram Memorial Charity Game and Social a huge success
by Randy Pascal

It started as a chance for friends and former teammates of Jordan Fram to get together and share memories of a life that was cut short far too early. This December, the informal gathering took a giant leap forward.

"Every year, we would get together on his birthday, December 22nd, a bunch of us would go to the cemetary and then we would rent the ice and go out and play," noted "Pass-Shoot-Score" organizer Ryan Pawlowski.

"Last year, one of the guys mentioned that it might be a good idea to make this a charity event, to help build up the SMHA (Sudbury Minor Hockey Association) fund." In the year following the untimely passing of the long-time staple in local minor hockey circles, the Jordan Fram Memorial Fund was established, helping assist families dealing with financial difficulties to make their children's dreams of playing hockey a reality.

What began as a pick-up game has grown substantially. The 2017 event included, for the first time, a post-game social at the Caruso Club, an evening that featured a silent auction and dance.

"We made it a lot more family oriented, a lot of us have young kids now," explained Pawlowski. "It was really nothing new, except that we sold some tickets. Sudbury Minor (Hockey) jumped on board, which made it a lot easier. They helped out with prizes, and the community is pretty good for that."

The game itself included a few unique twists, all aimed to commemorate the memory of the ultra avid hockey player. Every single player dressed for the contest wore number eight, honouring their friend, with all jerseys sporting his initials.

With a number of those suiting up having played "AAA" hockey in their youth, junior hockey along the way, maintaining decorum is not always an easy goal. "It's always going to be competitive," noted Pawlowski with a smile, he himself a 12th round pick of the Plymouth Whalers back in the spring of 2000.

"Even when we were playing, when Jordan was here, we would all meet up to play ball hockey or men's league, and it's always competitive. We don't like to lose. As we get older, you learn to lose - but it's not fun. It is, however, for a good cause."

While almost all participants still live locally, the group included an appearance from Olympic gold medal winner and fellow Lasalle Lancer Tessa Bonhomme. In total, the group raised $9500 towards the Memorial Fund, with hopes to expand the event even more in 2018.

Pawlowski confirmed that the ice time at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex has already been booked for the evening of Saturday, December 22nd.

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