Cody’s former teammates from Blackfalds and Lacombe come together
The 16th Annual Cody Dennis Memorial Game is set for Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Blackfalds Multiplex.
On June 8, 2004, Cody was killed on his Harley at the Hwy 2A and Hwy 597 intersection. Cody was going south to Red Deer when a truck turned left in front of Cody.
After the funeral, some of Cody’s 1998-99 Bantam coaches, wanted to arrange a fundraiser for Blackfalds Minor Hockey Association (BMHA) to keep Cody’s name alive.
The organizers had 98-99 Bantam Bulldogs (the first team to get a banner for the arena) play against the 2003-04 Blackfalds Beerhounds (the last team Cody played for).
The organizers’ goal was to have all original Blackfalds Bulldogs from the 1998-99 season, and if they needed any extras they would only take players that played minor hockey with Cody in Blackfalds or Lacombe. The players really look forward to this game every year.
The organizers try to keep it fun, but it can get competitive.
The Central Alberta Toy Run Association Bikers volunteer every year for this event. They help get prizes for the draw tables, work the doors, sell 50/50 tickets, and work the draw tables.
Blackfalds Minor Hockey put up a memorial case and retired Cody’s Number 1. You can see one jersey in his case and one hangs above the ice.
In 2004, the signs in the arena were put up. There is a goalie with #1 on the outside in memory of Cody.
Every year, at the Memorial Game, the Cody Dennis Memorial Award is presented. The award goes to the player that shows sportsmanship, team player, heart and hustle, love for the game, enthusiasm, leadership, and encourager.
Cody’s Memorial Fund was used for the purchase of goal equipment, goalie clinic, power skate, Bantam Jerseys, and hockey socks. To decide what the money will be spent on, it has to be agreed on by both Blackfalds Minor Hockey and the Dennis Family. If one side disagrees it isn’t done.
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