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Hockey Players Skate To Support Martin Richard Foundation

By Bree Sison, WBZ-TV
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CANTON (CBS) – About 90 players turned out for a hockey tournament fundraiser in honor of Martin Richard.

The 8-year-old Dorchester native died in the terror attack on the Boston Marathon last year.  An avid sports fan, his family started the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation to honor his life.

Martin Richard. (Family photo)

Martin Richard. (Family photo)

Patrick Doherty and Patrick Brophy, members of Team MR8, hosted “The Peace Cup” at Canton SportsPlex to raise money for the foundation.

“This is the Dorchester that I know right here,” said Doherty of the hockey players who donated $100 each to play in the tournament.  “The community that we live in is so giving. There is nowhere I’d rather have grown up than in Dorchester.”

More than 90 players participated in the tournament. (WBZ-TV)

More than 90 players participated in the tournament. (WBZ-TV)

In total, 101 runners will sweat it out on Marathon Monday for Team MR8. Family spokesman Larry Marchese said the money they donate will support the foundation’s three pillars: athletics, community and education.

“The foundation wants to bring the people together, to form teams, to make the world a better place,” Marchese said. “His life was shorter than it should have been for sure but his legacy will not be. It will live on.”

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