Game for the ages still going on after 40 years

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When John Dancause, Marc Brisson, Rich Forrester and their friends would gather in the late 1960s to play road hockey or football they had no idea they were paving the way for annual events that would still be taking place more than 40 years later.

But that's exactly what has happened.

Family and friends of the guys got back together again this year, outside the Dancause home on Joyce Street, to slap on some gloves and shuffle on the snow-covered pavement for a road hockey game.

"Richie and I were hanging out one day and he said we should get all the guys together who used to play football," said Brisson. "I helped organize everything and got all the e-mail addresses."

That was in 2006. Since then, once in the summer and again in the winter, the guys gather with their families for football and road hockey. Normally there are as many as 12 buddies from the old neighbourhood, including their children, who get together for the games.

This week's snowstorm forced a lot of the guys to cancel - and they missed a spirited game.

Shouts of "car!" and full-blown bodychecks that sent arms and legs tumbling into massive snowbanks dominated the friendly game.

"It's awesome to meet all the kids who came from the second generation," said Forrester.

"There's been a real bond between the kids and the adults," added Brisson.

Dancause said the parties often continue after the games, where stronger bonds are created.

"Everyone gets a chance to fraternize and the parents get involved," he said. "It's been great for everyone."

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