SARANAC LAKE - Last summer, the community of Saranac Lake mourned the loss of 19-year-old Casey McHugh, who died in a skateboard accident.
Now, friends and family have come together to organize an event based on one of his favorite activities.
"He enjoyed getting out on the ice and playing some hockey and loved the pickup games out on the pond," said Emily Doyle, who became friends with McHugh in high school and were roommates in college, organized the event with the support of her family and the McHugh family.
"The whole McHugh family will be at the event along with 10 or 12 friends that really wanted to come and help out," Doyle said.
The Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13, starting at 11 a.m. at the rink located behind the Bloomingdale firehouse on State Route 3. The event is part of the last day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
"I get one team signing up every day," Doyle said about the response to the event, which will benefit the Casey McHugh Scholarship at Saranac Lake Central School. "The registration has gone well, and we currently have about 15 to 16 teams, with the cutoff being 32."
Doyle also said the local community is showing their support, as well.
"A lot of local businesses are donating to the event to make it a special day," Doyle said.
Teams can register for the tournament by contacting Doyle and entering with a $18 per team fee.
For more information on the Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament or to register a team, contact Doyle at 637-4669.