With Canada winning gold medals in men’s and women’s ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the timing could not have proved better for Enterprise Holdings’ 11th annual Tony Barone Memorial Cup.
The hockey tournament — which honors Enterprise Canada’s Assistant Vice President of Remarketing, who lost his battle with cancer in 2007 — has become a winter tradition that pits the country’s eight operating groups against each other as they vie for bragging rights. Additionally, the Canadian groups use the event as an opportunity to make a contribution to cancer research.
“This tournament is truly one of the highlights of our year, and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate being a part of it,” says Steve Tudela, General Manager of the Toronto Group. “The hockey is great fun, but it’s the camaraderie with the other groups and friendships that have developed over the years that make this event really special.”
This year’s tournament took place Feb. 20-22 in Vancouver. Teams played a round robin format at the University of British Columbia’s Thunderbird Arena. Each team had 15-20 players, and all Canadian employees had the opportunity to try out.
“Hosting this year’s tournament was a real honor,” said Stephen Wilk, Vice President/General Manager of the British Columbia Group. “The competition was particularly good. Teams take it seriously, and they come to win, but the hospitality and time with friends is what I think everyone will remember.”
The tournament, which began in 2002, was renamed in 2008 to honor Tony. Since that time, the Canadian groups make an annual donation at the time of the event to the local children’s hospital in the tournament host city to support cancer research.
This year, in front of a crowd of tournament players, their families and Enterprise colleagues, Toronto beat Southwest Ontario 6-0 to win its fourth consecutive trophy. Congrats Team Toronto!