Hockey tournament honors memory of teen

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The things Kevin Frenock loved most in life were his buddies and a good hockey game.

The 18-year-old no doubt would marvel at the dedication of his hockey teammates, who have organized a roller hockey tournament in his honor each summer since his death in June 2008.

"He would be really excited that we are all sticking together for him," said friend and teammate Chad Matuszak, 24, of Pleasant Hills.

Kevin, who lived in Pleasant Hills and was a member of the Pleasant Hills Roller Hockey League, died in a car accident on his way home from a roller hockey game June 21, 2008. He lost control of his car along Route 51 in Elizabeth Borough, striking several parked cars and snapping a utility pole in half. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Jefferson Medical Center.

The 2007 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate had planned to attend California University of Pennsylvania that fall to study computer science.

It's fitting, Mr. Matuszak said, that his friends and teammates have chosen to remember him with a hockey tournament Saturday at the South Park roller hockey rink.

"It's a long day, but it's a blast," Mr. Matuszak said.

So far, about 100 players have signed up for the four-on-four tournament that begins at 9 a.m. All teams are guaranteed at least four games, Mr. Matuszak said.

Over the years, the organizers have raised more than $18,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Second Chance at Life Foundation in Kevin's name.

They also have made improvements to the tournaments as they learn what players like best. For example: "We now have paid, real referees to make the game better," Mr. Matuszak said.

The winning team is given T-shirts and other prizes and raffles are part of the event.

Concessions and auction items, including a Penquins jersey signed by Mario Lemieux, are donated by local businesses and sponsors.

To participate or to organize a team, contact Mr. Matuszak at 412-719-2364 or frenockhockey@gmail.com. Space is still available for more teams.

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Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-413-5011.


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