Athol Murray College to Hold Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament from Dec. 11-14

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From Dec. 11 to 14, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame will host the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament, which is western Canada’s largest Midget AAA tournament for females. Twenty chosen teams will participate in the tournament, which will help raise money for Notre Dame’s Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary.

This year, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame will hold the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament, which is the biggest female Midget AAA tournament in western Canada, from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14; twenty teams from various parts of North America will compete in the tournament, which honors Athol Murray College of Notre Dame graduate and former Yale Bulldogs player Mandi Schwartz by raising money for the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary at Notre Dame. This year, the participating teams will play set matches between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, and on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, they will advance into rounds based on the outcomes of the earlier games. Teams can participate in the annual tournament, which is Saskatchewan Hockey Association-sanctioned but not affiliated with any particular league, by invitation only; typically, as many as 50 teams apply to take part in the tournament. Additional information about the participating teams and tournament scheduling is available through the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame website.

The Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament is one of several events that are held annually to honor Mandi Schwartz, who suffered from acute myeloid leukemia; according to the National Cancer Institute, this cancer of the blood and bone marrow represents the most common type of leukemia in adults. Mandi was diagnosed in 2008, during her junior year at Yale, where she was a member of the women’s hockey team; after bone marrow drives held at Yale and in Canada failed to find a donor match, Mandi succumbed to the disease at the age of 23. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame puts on the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament every year; in addition to serving as a tribute, the tournament raises funds for the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary, which honors Mandi each year by awarding funds to one student from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.

About Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame was founded in 1920 in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, through the efforts of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis and Father James Athol Murray, who the college was later named for. Athol Murray College of Notre Dame is a private Catholic boarding school that offers a traditional Catholic education and welcomes students of all faiths; in addition to helping students pursue a quality education and spiritual development, the college offers students various athletic programs, including one of the top hockey programs in Canada. To learn more about Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, please visit http://www.notredame.ca.

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