The mission of the JMAC Memorial Hockey Fund is to honour the life and spirit of John “JMAC“ MacLean who passed away at the age of 31 after a two and a half year battle with cancer. The JMAC Memorial Hockey Fund was started in 2011 and the JMAC Memorial Hockey Tournament was started in 2012, to allow family and friends to contribute to a cause and gather in memory of John.
John was a compassionate, caring, selfless person and a dedicated hockey player who loved nothing more than playing and talking hockey. From the time that he learned to skate, he played with Niagara Falls Minor Hockey and concluded with the Jr. B Canucks, which included winning the Sutherland Cup. A fiercely talented and humble player, as an adult John continued to play “Monday Night“ hockey with “the boys“ as well as in several other skilled leagues around the region. Passionate and knowledgeable about the game, John was an OMHA referee as well as a coach with Niagara Falls Minor Hockey 2010 Minor Atom AAA champions.
John touched so many lives positively as a player, a coach, and outstanding individual. He always went forward with optimism and laughter, and it is our wish that he may forever continue to do so through the inspiration, camaraderie, and charity surrounding the JMAC Memorial Hockey Fund.
The purpose of the JMAC Memorial Hockey Fund is to support an annual men’s hockey tournament, provide hockey and education scholarships and donate to local charities.
The JMAC Memorial Hockey Tournament and Fund has donated over $50,000 to support local community needs including a milestone donation of $10,000 to OneFoundation for Niagara Health System- GNGH Emergency Department, Niagara Falls Minor Hockey player scholarships, Niagara Falls Jr. B Canucks' education scholarships, Niagara Whalers Jr. A Hockey Club education scholarships, St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School Athletic Program and a Public Access Defibrillator to Niagara Regional Street Hockey Centre.
In 2016 the Tournament recognized generous community sponsors with JMAC Lifetime Sponsor Awards and transitioned to a player funded tournament. The JMAC Memorial Hockey Tournament and Fund continues to donate all profits to local community organizations.