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Holiday hockey returns to Steamboat

Tournament to raise awareness for bone marrow donation

— Last year, Dave and Linda McIrvin stepped into relative unknown territory in organizing the inaugural Holiday Ice Hockey Tournament.

But as each had spent a life working in the medical field and had moved from Portland, Ore., to Steamboat Springs, they seem to have found their next niche.

The McIrvins are putting on the second annual Holiday Ice Hockey Tournament on Sunday at Howelsen Ice Arena. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs all day.

The tournament and proceeds will call awareness to bone marrow donation and seek people to become bone marrow donors. The McIrvins and their nonprofit Sanctuary Camp will pay for the first 10 people to get registered to become bone marrow donors.

The McIrvins retired from the medical field; Dave was a pediatric cardiologist, and Linda was a pediatric intensive care and emergency room nurse. When they moved, they decided to found the Sanctuary Camp.

“I became a registered donor a year ago,” Dave McIrvin said. “Two months ago, a former patient’s mother called me and was talking about her sister in Montana that was recently diagnosed with leukemia and all the problems they’re having with the insurance. While she’s busy fighting that up in Montana, we knew that more needs to be done.”

The tournament will be a nonstop format. Each team will be composed of A, B and C league recreational players and current and former high school players.

The A guys will play for a minute before the B guys get one, and then the C league gets a minute. There will be no stoppages, and instead of penalties stopping the game, the referee will add them up, and penalty shots will be awarded between periods.

For more information, call the McIrvins at 970-870-0935 or visit

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