The second half of the Airdrie Stars Hunger Games Tournament in support of the Airdrie Food Bank begins this Friday.

All participating teams are being encouraged to bring non-perishable items for the Airdrie Food Bank.

The first half of the tournament saw over 1,000 players from 50 teams skate on ice surfaces around Airdrie and Cochrane.

While Jonah Cimolini, president of the Airdrie Stars Athletic Association, is unsure of the exact amount raised so far, he calls it a good kickoff.

"We have teams all the way from Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, and some teams from British Columbia, so it was kind of a good event with teams from all over Western Canada."

He's excited about the second part of the tournament, which runs May 26 to 28 for those in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017/2016 age groups.

"It's gonna be a bit more fun because we get all the little kids," he says. "They truly understand what hockey is about. They go out there and just have a blast."

All games will be played in Airdrie. Genesis Place is the main hub with additional games at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. Donations are being accepted at Genesis Place.

"Thank you to everyone that helps and volunteers and works for the tournament," he says. "We have a bunch of good people that helped make this successful, and they don't get the credit that they deserve at the rinks."

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