Connecticut teen starts tournaments to raise money for ice hockey nonprofit

With the help of the community, James Murphy raised money for the Southern Connecticut Storm Special Hockey, a nonprofit dedicated to giving children and young adults with developmental disabilities the chance to play ice hockey.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2023, 7:05 AM

Updated 320 days ago

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A Fairfield teenager is making a huge impact for an organization that helps kids learn hockey. 
James Murphy, 17, is a Fairfield Preparatory School hockey star who plays hard on the ice and has been voted one of the team's captains. 
Murphy came up with an idea where he wanted to do a tournament and link it to a GoFundMe page.
With the help of the community, Murphy raised money for the Southern Connecticut Storm Special Hockey, a nonprofit dedicated to giving children and young adults with developmental disabilities the chance to play ice hockey.
“We made a three-on-three hockey tournament....and raised about $13,500,” he says.
Wonderland Ice Rink in Bridgeport helped the fundraiser by letting them play on the ice for free. 
John McCormick, with the Storm Team, says kids like Murphy are invaluable, with the group having over 100 mentors as volunteers and 60 to 70 players total. He says the funds can go to equipment, like skates and hockey bags. 
Murphy says he's really looking forward to his senior year and wants to study business. 


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