A small collection of photographs of Ethan Allard and his achievements were collected and put on display. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
It’s Chiz N the Boys versus Black Bay in the Rec B Final game on Feb. 17. The former won out over the latter.(Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
2nd Ethan Allard Memorial Tourney raises $24,000
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday March 7, 2019
Generosity and kindness are what marked Ethan Allard’s life - that and hockey.
His philosophy, “You never get poor by giving” was evident in every aspect of his life, and the love he felt for all those around him was rivalled only by his love of hockey and helping others, particularly children.
He was a man who spread joy to others and will be remembered for that, despite his life having been cut tragically short.
Ethan died in 2017, a 24-year-old victim of a workplace accident at a construction site in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood. He left behind 12 siblings, parents, nieces and nephews, his teammates and countless friends.
Yet from this pain, his memory continues to be honoured. His spirit was clearly present during the 2nd Annual Ethan Allard Memorial Hockey Tournament, a three-day event that collects funds for Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart.
The tournament was created to merge two of Ethan’s greatest passions: hockey and helping children. It does so successfully and has raised a total of $24,000 this year to help the program, double what was made last year.
“It is amazing,” said Ethan’s father Shane Allard. “It isn’t our money, it is the community’s money and without them, this wouldn’t happen. The support that we got is incredible.”
Jumpstart helps children in need in Renfrew County play the sports they love but would otherwise be unable to participate in.
The support the family has received has been tremendous. People from far and wide, some not even connected to Ethan or the Allard family, have been digging deep to help out.
“It’s going to be helping a lot of kids,” said Ethan’s brother Tyson Allard. “Just the cost alone for sports, any sports, in this day and age is so expensive so we’ve got to give back and help out.”
Petawawa Minor Hockey also waived the registration fee for one player inspired by Ethan’s legacy of generosity.
“They’ve done that personally without Jumpstart getting involved,” said Cole Allard, one of Ethan’s other brothers. “It’s going to a good cause helping a kid be able to play the game.”
Sixteen teams registered, which included four newly added women’s teams. Though there was a competitive aspect to the tournament, it was mostly for fun, something the family knows Ethan appreciated while he watched over them from above.
“He definitely had a few laughs this weekend,” said Tyson. “This year had something different about it. I had more smiles than anything.”
The winner of the Women’s Division was Pik Fuels while the Petewawa Redskins won the Open Division. The Rec A Division Champions were Team USA and the Rec B Division winners were the Chiz N the Boys team.