Minor Hockey Fights Cancer was created in 2010 by then twelve year-old Mark Mannarn. After losing his grandmother to pancreatic cancer in 2010 and seeing his mother diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year, Mark wanted to fight back. He launched Minor Hockey Fights Cancer to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer.
To make a difference by raising awareness and money to fight cancer through Minor Hockey Fights Cancer and ultimately, to raise $1,000,000 to help find a cure for cancer.
Mark Mannarn will tell you that he “loves hockey and hates cancer”. He lost his grandmother in 2010 to pancreatic cancer and during that same year, his mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2010, at the age of 12, Mark created and launched Minor Hockey Fights Cancer ‘Feel Like a Pro Day’.

In the fall of 2010, Mark attended “We Day”, a global youth initiative that encourages young people to make a difference in the world. This event gave Mark the idea that he could make an impact.

Mark’s dream was to create a local hockey skill building event for young players, led by professional hockey players and alumni. Young hockey players would raise money to participate, with the top fundraisers invited to play in a real game with the pros.

Mark instigated the event by approaching his best friend’s father, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and former Edmonton Oiler Paul Coffey, asking him to lend his name and talents to the event. Mr. Coffey readily agreed and in January 2011, Mark and his dad (Art Mannarn) contacted the Canadian Cancer Society, inviting them to be their charity of choice.

The first “Feel Like a Pro Day” took place in June 2011. The enthusiastic participation of 200 plus minor hockey players, combined with support from his corporate sponsors helped Mark raise $200,000 in its first year.
Mark Mannarn
Founder, Minor Hockey Fights Cancer
Two years later, Minor Hockey Fights Cancer has expanded though a three tiered strategy:

  1. Annual MHFC 'Feel Like a Pro Day'
    Due to the success of the event we've committed to run 'Feel Like a Pro Day' for the next three years
  2. Evening Adult Event
    MHFC presents Diamonds and Ice, a fashion show with a hockey flair. Stay tuned for more details
  3. Engaging Everyone
    Every contribution counts and we encourage everyone to raise awareness by purchasing MHFC wristbands and clicking "like" on our Facebook page

Mark's dream is that Minor Hockey Fights Cancer will raise $1,000,000 to help find a cure for cancer.

Minor Hockey Fights Cancer Welcomes New 2014 Event Co-Chair.

Minor Hockey Fights Cancer is pleased to welcome Jeremy Kofman as Co-Chair of the 2014 ‘Feel Like A Pro Day’ Event!

At twelve years old, Jeremy is an avid hockey fan who loves playing on his North York AAA '01 Hockey Team, the North York Rangers.

Jeremy has been a valued supporter of the Minor Hockey Fights Cancer team since its inaugural year and is thrilled to be joining the organizing committee this year. Like many of the supporters of MHFC, Jeremy and his family are personally connected to the cause. Committed to our goal of raising $1 million in the fight against cancer, Jeremy is enthusiastic about increasing his involvement and for what it means to Minor Hockey Cancer's success. He looks forward to seeing you May 10th.

Together we can Pass the Puck – Find A Cure!
Feel Like a Pro Day
On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, Minor Hockey Fights Cancer's fourth annual, 'Feel Like a Pro Day' will take place at the MasterCard Centre (400 Kipling Ave, Toronto, ON M8V 3L1) - Click here for Map.

Boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 in all levels of minor hockey can register by submitting our online registration form. The first 300 registered players to raise $250 in sponsorship get to participate in the event.

NHL and Olympic stars will host the day and run pro-like practices. Each participant will get a chance to experience hockey drills with the pros!

There will also be an all star game featuring the top 30 fundraisers that raise over $1000. These players will have the unique opportunity to play in a real game with the pros.
Sponsor MHFC's 'Feel Like a Pro Day'
Minor hockey players ages 4 to 16 have the opportunity to
'Feel Like a Pro' by participating in hockey drills with NHL Stars
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  • Curtis Joseph, Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus
  • Richard Clune, Los Angeles Kings Alumnus

8:30 . 9:00

Registration Begins: After registration individual photos of participants will be taken with their Pro. It is very important that you are in your rink at your .Picture. time; otherwise we cannot guarantee a photo. Pictures can be picked up approximately 90 minutes after the drill session.

9:00 . 12:00

On-ice drills and activities: Participants will get on the ice with the pros and participate in drills and activities that will make them Feel Like a Pro!

Free Skate: We invite all participants and their guests get on the ice and enjoy a free skate. Please note that this Free Skate is not supervised and any minors should have a parent or guardian present at all times.

Silent Auction: Our silent auction will feature a variety of signed hockey memorabilia, gift certificates and more. Come check it out!

Off-ice Activities: We will have hockey games and activities featured outside the arena.

12:30 . 2:00

All Star Game: Watch the top fundraising participants play with the pros in an All Star Game and support these amazing fundraisers!

Past Events
2011 Feel Like A Pro Day

The first 'Feel Like a Pro Day' took place in June 2011. The enthusiastic participation of 240 plus minor hockey players, combined with support from his corporate sponsors helped Mark raise $200,000 in its first year.

2012 Feel Like A Pro Day

In June 2012, 150 minor hockey players joined NHL and Olympic stars including former Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Curtis Joseph and Olympic gold medal winner, Sami Jo Small for a day of hockey drills and games. Over $150,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

2013 Feel Like A Pro Day

The third annual Minor Hockey Fights Cancer, ‘Feel Like A Pro Day’ took place on Saturday, June 15th at Canlan Ice Sports at York University. Many of the pros from previous years joined us for the event including Toronto Maple Leaf Alumnus, Curtis Joseph and Olympic gold medal winner, Sami Jo Small. Over $165,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. To date the event has raised over $500,000.

The Pros

  • Paul Coffey – Edmonton Oilers Alumnus
  • Curtis Joseph – Toronto Maple Team Alumnus
  • Danny Gare – Buffalo Sabres Alumnus
  • Rich Clune – Nashville Predators
  • Sami Jo Small – Two Time Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Jennifer Botterill – Three time Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Mike Krushelynski – Edmonton Oilers Alumnus
  • Mark Osborne – Toronto Maple Leafs Alumnus
  • Anthony Peluso – St. Louis Blues
  • Derek Joslin – Vancouver Canucks
  • Michael Vernace – Former Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Michael Angelidis – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Wes Jarvis – Washington Capitals Alumnus
  • Gary Leeman – Toronto Maple Leaf Alumnus
  • Tim Brent – Carolina Hurricanes
  • Dwayne Roloson – Tampa Bay Lightning Alumnus
  • Lou Franceschetti – Washington Capitals Alumnus

Raise Awareness

MHFC Wristbands can be purchased for $5.00 each and are great for:

  • -Your hockey team
  • -Corporate events
  • -Children's parties

Help us raise awareness by clicking "Like" on the Minor Hockey Fights Cancer facebook page

And, stay up to date with information on MHFC events and activities at:
If you would like to volunteer at this year's event please contact us at minorhockeyfightscancer98@gmail.com
MHFC is extraordinarily proud to be affiliated with the Canadian Cancer Society. All proceeds raised from 'Feel Like a Pro Day' will be donated to their continual efforts in the fight against cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living eith cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight against cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society:

  • funds research on all types of cancer

  • offers comprehensive and credible information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment

  • provides support for people living with cancer, family members and friends

The Canadian Cancer Society is a private non-profit organization, funded by donations from the public and money raised through our fundraising activities. The Canadian Cancer Society would not be able to offer these services or fund important research without the generous help of donors and volunteers.

The Canadian Cancer Society makes the best use of every donated dollar, keeping administration costs low in order to fund research and provide community services to help people living with cancer and their families and friends.

MHFC and all sponsors involved with 'Feel Like a Pro Day' would like to thank the Canadian Cancer Society for their outstanding achievements towards creating a cancer free world!
Read more at the Canadian Cancer Society website: www.cancer.ca