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Grand Lake based nonprofit Parker’s Platoon preps for first ever Holes for Heroes ice fishing tournament

Famed Avalanche enforcer Scott "The Sheriff" Parker displays a signed Joe Sakic game jersey, one of several items that will be given away at the Holes for Heroes ice fishing tournament, March 3 and 4.

Parker's Platoon, a Grand Lake based nonprofit founded and operated by former Colorado Avalanche and Stanley Cup Champion Scott Parker and his family, is currently planning their first ever ice fishing fundraiser tournament, to be held in Grand County in early March.

The tournament, called Holes for Heroes, will be held March 3 and 4 on the icy surface of Grand Lake. The tournament is a fundraising event for Parker's Platoon, a 501c3 charity, with proceeds from the event going to Fight Oar Die, a team of veterans competing in a trans-Atlantic rowing race called the Talisker Whisky Challenge.

The tournament will be the first iteration of an event Parker's Platoon co-founder Scott Parker said would become an annual event.

"We wanted to do something for good people, to give back," Parker said. "There's nobody better than our soldiers who are coming home."

Granby Bait and Tackle owner Mike Ivy, who donates his time to take veterans with Parker's Platoon out on fly-fishing trips, planted the idea for the tournament.

"Our friend Mike Ivy called us up and said, 'Why don't you guys think about putting on a fishing tournament?" explained Francesca Parker, Scott's wife and co-founder of Parker's Platoon. "It is a great way to give back."

Angling will begin at 6:30 a.m. on March 3 and will run until noon the following day. Holes for Heroes is a quick measure and release only tournament with a slot limit for fish between 26 and 36 inches. Multiple judges will be available on the lake during the tournament to quickly measure any fish anglers hook.

Winners will be selected by combining length and girth to determine a score. The tournament will feature winning anglers for three species of fish, rainbows, browns and mackinaws. An awards ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon at Pancho & Lefty's with a bevy of unique prizes being given away.

Among the prize list will be several game jersey's worn by other famed Avalanche players like Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth as well as other memorabilia from the Parker family's personal collection. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone of the UFC, a personal friend of the Parkers, will be donating a weekend stay at his ranch in New Mexico and a summer boating trip on Grand.

The tournament will feature a festive communal atmosphere with a VIP party Friday night at O-A Bistro, a Saturday night gathering at the Lariat Saloon and Sunday's after party at Pancho & Lefty's.

To preregister for the event check out Parker's Platoon website, http://www.parkersplatoon.org and click on their event tab. You will find more information there about registration and other tournament details including Friday night's VIP party. Veterans who provide their DD214 will have their registration fee waived for the tournament.

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