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The 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament Preview
On Sunday, April 22, 2007, the 2007 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament will take place at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, in Uniondale, NY. The tournament, in its second year, will feature the best up-and-coming hockey players from the two Junior High hockey leagues.

The tournament is dedicated in loving memory of Marty Weiselberg, father of Elliot Weiselberg, who is the assistant coach of the HANC Cavaliers, a 7th and 8th grade hockey team in the Metropolitan Yeshiva Junior High Hockey League. Marty passed away last March at the age of 47 after succumbing to a blood clot. Marty, a loving father, son and husband believed in the values of sport, the importance of life and the enjoyment of all that it encircled. Most importantly, Marty was a supporter of the children. For almost 17 years, Marty served as Treasurer on the board of Yeshiva Derech HaTorah in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout those 17 years, he did his best to ensure that the nearly 1,000 children during his tenure, would receive only the best that could be offered so that they would, one day, make a difference toward the advancement of Klal Yisroel.

This is the second straight year in which this tournament is being held. Last year, the tournament was held in late June in Yeshiva Har Torah in Bellerose, NY. In that tournament, only three teams participated, all of whom will be attending this tournament, with Yavneh of Paramus walking away with the championship over HANC.

Once again, the tournament will also serve the dual purpose of being a charity fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will go to a branch of Hatzolah in Brooklyn, NY. Last year, the tournament raised over $2,000 for this worthy cause, in the hopes that it would help preserve Jewish life within the area.

As an added attraction to the day, April 22 also happens to be Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance. This holiday honors veterans and fallen military personnel of the Israel Defense Forces who died in the modern Arab Israeli conflict. Yom Hazikaron also commemorates civilians murdered by Palestinian acts of terror. Therefore, throughout the day, there will be D’var Torah given by the participants, and the Bait Midrash will be open for all to take part in learning in memory of those who fought for the cause of the state of Israel.

Both leagues in the tri-state area, the MYJHHL and HAYMISH will be represented by four teams. Representing HAYMISH, the New Jersey league, are league champions SAR of Riverdale, runners-up Yavneh, semi-finalist Moriah of Englewood, and a new entrant to the league, YNJ of River Edge. For the MYJHHL, league champions HALB of Long Beach, semifinalist Har Torah, quarterfinalist HAFTR of Lawrence, and league runners-up, host HANC will contend.

The teams will play two round-robin games against teams from the opposing league, with the two highest records in each league moving on to an Olympic style semifinal and championship round. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9:45 AM and last until around 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

For more information on the tournament, Hatzolah or to make a donation or sponsor, please contact Elliot Weiselberg at talk@ylsradio.com or emw13@aol.com.
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