One long shift, for a cause
All-Day Power Play has grown for six years
From left are Nick Corcoran, from Lawrence, Mass., Dave Walsh, a coordinator from Litchfield, Paul Clark, a coordinator from Nashua, Kevin Wilde, from Hudson, and Nick's dad Tim, as they pose for the All-Day Power Play charity hockey tournament, at Cyclones Arena, in Hudson, on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
All Day Power PlayWhat: The All Day Power Play, a 24-hour charity hockey event to raise money for Nashua Children's Home
When: 9 a.m. today to 9 a.m. Sunday
Where: Cyclones Arena in Hudson
Details: Donations can still be made to Nashua Children's Home beyond the All Day Power Play. For more information visit nashuachildrenshome.org and alldaypowerplay.net.
The sixth annual hockey marathon will run from 9 a.m. today to 9 a.m. Sunday at Cyclones Arena in Hudson. Approximately 60 men and women of all ages will play around the clock to raise money for Nashua Children's Home.
"It wasn't until the tour of the NCH that I understood the goal wasn't just to be awake and making saves Sunday at 9 a.m., but to make a difference for those kids," said Paul Osgood, a goaltender from Enfield. "There was also Brandon, a child I met at the home playing floor hockey. Talking with him I learned that he had played hockey before and I put it in his ear that he should play with us. He stayed up the night before playing video games and was asleep outside the arena before dinner (but) he would make 9.a.m on his second attempt. Having him around and skating with the guys was an active reminder of why we all do this."
"Any time I get tired or want to give up, I think about the relatively minuscule amount of pain I am in compared to what some of those kids have gone through and the challenges they still have to face, and that helps me to push on through the event and will certainly help me this year," said 18-year-old Ryan Peterson, who played goalie at Souhegan High of Amherst.
"Come 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, knowing that we're all in the last game, finish line in sight — or in our case, final buzzer — words are no longer necessary," said Scott Sewade of Epsom. "We all seem to have as much energy in the last game as we did the first game."
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