The Frederick-based Hockey Donkeys club has made it a hat trick.
For the third consecutive year, the Hockey Donkeys hosted their Donkeys Give Back Invitational at Skate Frederick.
A two-day tournament, the Donkeys Give Back Invitational featured 16 teams in four divisions. The proceeds generated from the tournament went to the Montgomery Cheetahs Hockey Club — a hockey club for children with developmental disabilities.
“They do a lot of good for kids and they have to pay for all of it,” said Wendy Hockey, of the Hockey Donkeys club. “So when we can, we do what we can to help them out.”
In the tournament’s first two years, the Hockey Donkeys donated proceeds Kline Hospice House and cancer research. But this year, the club wanted to donate to a local hockey organization, so they set their sights on the Cheetahs.
A member of the Cheetahs arrived Saturday to do the ceremonial puck drop before the start of the tournament.
One of the major attractions of the tournament was the USA Warriors Ice Hockey team. The USA Warriors are a national organization set up by USA Hockey for injured and disabled military veterans.
“Getting them here is a pretty big deal,” Hockey said. “They have quite a busy schedule. They weren’t able to be here last year, so we’re thrilled that they’re able to make it this year.
The tournament guaranteed every team three games in a round robin format, with the top two teams from each division going on to play in the finals. The first day of the event featured a food truck and tailgating games in the parking lot as well as a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for the Cheetahs.