Hundreds of high school students from across the region and beyond are lacing up their skates and hitting the ice today for the two day Wes For Youth Hockey tournament.
The Wes For Youth Hockey Tournament marks its 5th anniversary.
High Schools students from across Grey and Bruce and some traveling from as far away as St. Catherines and North Bay are participating.
Organizer and Sacred Heart High School Coach Christian Hambrock says there are 16 teams, 10 boys and 6 girl teams.
With so many participants the tournament has been spread out across four venues, Walkerton, Hanover, Durham, Mildmay and Teeswater.
The goal of the two day event which runs today and tomorrow
is to play some competitive hockey while helping to raise awareness about youth mental health and well being through the Wes For Youth Foundation.
The tournament serves as a memorial to 16 year old Sacred Heart High School student Wes Cameron who tragically took his own life in 2011.
The Wes For Youth foundation was born out of this tragedy and the not for profit organization provides free online professional counciling to youth struggling with mental health issues such as: suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety.
Hambrock says Wes loved hockey and he along with his older brothers Jay and Wendel all played for the Sacred HeartHigh School Hockey team.
Admission to all games is by donation only, proceeds go to support the Wes For Youth online program and tournament costs.
Hambrock hopes to grow the tournament next year from 16 to 24 teams.
The buy out game takes place today Wed at 1 pm in Walkerton between Sacred Heart boys and Walkerton District, followed by the girls game at 2:15.