A local athlete who died because of an undetected heart ailment was remembered Saturday at a hockey tournament that bears his name.
The Amelia Park Ice Arena was the site of the official opening ceremony of the Kevin Major Memorial Hockey Tournament.
Before the action got underway on the ice, Kevin's mother and father made several announcements on behalf of the KEVS Foundation.
The organization donated three defibrillators to various youth organizations, including one that was Kevin's former hockey team.
"Hopefully, every person has to have [a defibrillator]," said Rob Bonneau, who coached Kevin on the Springfield Pics. "To be trained and able to help someone would be a great cause. Maybe that would have been helpful for Kevin and we wouldn't be here today."
"The community has stepped up tenfold," said Susan Canning, Kevin's mother. "As we hear over and over again, these are hard times. Businesses are struggling. I have to tell you, with our local community, you would never know it."
The foundation also announced it will be sponsoring a heart screening for those who are 19 and younger this October in conjunction with Noble Hospital.
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