The History of Docs on Ice

Docs on Ice is an annual fundraising doctors hockey tournament that began in 1983.  The tournament affirms the principles of charity, camaraderie, and sportsmanship inspired by the memory of the late hockey player and Urologist Dr. Peter Howes.

The first tournament was held in Peterborough with 8 teams.  Docs on Ice has grown over the last 37 years to include more than 800 physicians and 100 medical students, with 60 teams in 12 divisions from across Ontario.

Docs on Ice is hosted by a different city each year to bring doctors together to play hockey and to give back to the community by raising money and awareness for local charity.  The tournament is run by physicians and volunteers to raise money through donations, sponsorship, registration fees, and special events.  It is attended by high profile celebrities, including NHL players and alumni, media personnel, and television personalities.  All proceeds go directly to charity.  To date, Docs on Ice has raised over $1 million dollars for charity.

Original 8 Teams in 1983







York Region