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MPS Hockey Cup at North Shore Winter Club

May 3, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) is a rare genetic disorder that next to no one had heard of until Kirsten and Todd Harkins came along. When their young son Nicklas was diagnosed some years ago, they put their minds to work to find help and hope for this devastating disease. The MPS Cup Fantasy Hockey Game and Gala was born and this year alone, they raised over $150,000 for this very worthwhile cause.

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mpscup_northvan- Young Nicklas Harkin was the envy of all as he posed with Canuck greats, and honourary coaches for the day, Mattias Ohlund, left, and Markus Naslund.
mpscup_northvan-5029 The MPS Cup volunteers always welcome everyone with a smile. From left: Kerry Somerville, Kelly Tait, Kim Bechard and Leslee Bingley.
mpscup_northvan-5030 Former NHL'er turned broadcast host Gary Valk was pleased to play alongside MPS Cup founder and fellow hockey hero Todd Harkins.
mpscup_northvan-5031 He's still got it - all the kids line up to get Vancouver Canucks great Dave Babych's autograph as he leaves the bench.
mpscup_northvan-5032 Thankfully the game was relatively injury free - but St. John's volunteers Emma Strench, left, Nicole Knee and Ricci Silvo were standing by just in case.
mpscup_northvan-5033 You go girl! Supermom Kirsten Harkins can move mountains - and will continue to do so in the fight against MPS.



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