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Ex.-Maple Leafs play shinny for Alzheimer’s research

Darcy Tucker helps run a drill at a charity event at St. Michael's Arena on April 25, 2013. CITYNEWS.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs players were back on the ice on Thursday to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

“It’s a great event – I don’t put the pads on but I do enjoy trying to score a few goals,” goalie Curtis Joseph said at St. Michael’s Arena on Bathurst Street.

“Since an early age, we all played hockey. We love the game and as the years went on, we were always involved in some kind of charity,” Dave McLlwain added.

Thursday’s skate is the precursor to the Scotiabank Pro-Am, a three-day charity tournament that raises money for Baycrest. Baycrest is a Toronto research hospital focused on the elderly.

NHL alums such as Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour will face off against Toronto media personalities, including Breakfast Televison’s Frank Ferragine and CityNews sports anchor Hugh Burrill, and amateur players in the tournament.

Teams must have raised a minimum of $25,000 to participate, and all athletes msut be at least 25 years old. NHL alumni were then drafted for the tournament based on a team’s total amount raised.

The Pro-Am runs May 2-4 at Canlan Ice Sports on the York University campus.

The event has raised more than $20 million in its eight-year history.