The 2023 Cranberry Cup kicked off Thursday afternoon for its 20th annual hockey tournament. The tournament benefits three very important charities: The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Juvenile Diabetes (JDRF) and Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). All proceeds from the tournament are split evenly between these organizations.
The tournament is generally for adults 40 and older, however this year there are players under that age on some teams including some as young as high school hockey players. There are two divisions including the “Lance Brady” division, and the "Cisco" division (not as competitive).
Participants represent many professional industries including financial management, private equity, venture capital, marketing and the legal industry. Player's skill levels range primarily from high school to college-level experience.
This year there are 18 teams and over 250 players registered. There will be 11 games on Friday, October 13 that will be one hour each beginning at 8 a.m. and running all the way through 7 p.m.
On Saturday, October 14 games will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 5:30 or so followed by a Cisco Brewery Celebration currently scheduled for 6 p.m.
Pamphlets listing the team rosters and additional information can be picked up at the rink.
The Cranberry Cup was started in 2004 by a group of hockey enthusiasts as an annual event to raise money and awareness for charitable causes.