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Police hockey tournament set to benefit Eric Talley, late Boulder Police Department officer

The Talley Memorial Tournament is set to take place August 14 and 15
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In August, the Fort Collins Pond Hockey League, or FCPHL, will be hosting a hockey tournament to commemorate and benefit Officer Eric Talley, one of the victims of the Boulder shooting.

The Talley Memorial Tournament is set to take place August 14 and 15 at the Edora Pool and Ice Center, or EPIC, in Fort Collins.

The tournament will be hosted to benefit the family of the late Talley, an officer of the Boulder Police Department, or BPD. Talley was killed when he was called to duty in response to the shooting that occured at the Table Mesa King Soopers on March 22. He was one of 11 victims, and the only law enforcement officer casualty in the shooting.

Twelve teams are set to convene at EPIC, with team rosters consisting of first responder officers from various municipalities, ranging from Denver and Aurora to Cheyenne, WY and Las Vegas, NV. Another participating team will comprise members of the BPD, including Talley’s fellow officers. A Longmont team of police and fire rescue staff members will also be formed, and is “looking for local support to take (them) to a victory,” according to Longmont Police Department Officer Allison Lockhart.

One participating team also will be organizing the event alongside the FCPHL, the Blue Warriors. This team, led by Fort Collins patrol officer Adam Brujnes, is organizing the Talley Memorial Tournament as their latest charity event. According to Brujnes, the Blue Warriors host and play three to four charity tournaments or games per year, which has raised over $10,000 for Fort Collins area nonprofits since their inception in 2018.

In August, the Blue Warriors will play in the Talley Memorial Event, with Brujnes also organizing various raffles and silent auctions that will run alongside the hockey matches.

According to Brujnes, EPIC will be open to the public free of admission the days of the tournament. General spectators and family members of tournament participants are encouraged to enter bids to win prizes ranging from a Colorado Avalanche jersey signed by Gabriel Landeskog to a two night stay in a suite in Breckenridge. All of the proceeds will go to the Office Talley Memorial Fund, which can be visited here as well.

For more information on the Talley Memorial Tournament, which will take place August 14-15, visit the FCPHL’s website.