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Brasher Beavers honor Smalling, Cheel staff for tourney support


POTSDAM - The Brasher Beavers women’s hockey team recently recognized Scott Smalling and the staff at Cheel Arena for hosting the first four years of “Droppin’ the Gloves on Cancer” women/co-ed hockey tournament.

Their efforts have helped to raise more than $33,000 support of gynecological and breast cancer initiatives for North Country women.

“Mr. Smalling was in on the ground floor with planning for this tournament. He and his staff were exemplary to work with. The teams enjoyed the experience of playing at Cheel many saying it’s the best tournament they have ever participated in. Mr. Smalling was a driving force behind making this tournament what it is today.” noted Beaver goalie and tournament director, Julia Rose.

The Brasher Beavers started “Droppin’ the Gloves on Cancer” in partnership with the MMH Foundation as a result of many team members having loved ones affected by uterine, cervical, ovarian, or breast cancer. Proceeds are divided between Massena Memorial Hospital and the Canton-Potsdam Cancer Center each year. As the tournament enters it’s sixth year, it has generated more than $44,000.

This year’s tournament will again be hosted at the Tri-Town Community Center in Brasher Falls with divisions for Women “B”, Women “C” and Co-Ed teams. For more information on the tournament, contact the MMH Foundation at 315-769-4602 or

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