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Ice hockey and butterflies in East Aurora

Hockey players like to be rough and tough, but some of the smallest players will be looking at catching butterflies at a tournament in East Aurora Saturday.

The Aurora Ice Association will be remembering one of its players, Katie Durkin, at its Mite Jam Saturday morning. Katie was killed in a car accident last summer, but her ideals live on in a foundation. The Butterfly Foundation, created by her family, encourages all to be like K.A.T.I.E.: Kind And Thoughtful In Everything.

Those who see kindness and thoughtfulness demonstrated by players, coaches, parents and friends can find a member of the Aurora Ice Butterfly Brigade to get a sticker to recognize the person at the tournament at the Riley Street rink.

The missions of the foundation and the association complement each other, according to the ice association.

“There have been many challenges with youth sports and at times these values have been lost. We feel that this is an opportune time to continue the mission of the Aurora Ice Association, which is not only to develop hockey players but also to empower those same youth through sportsmanship, teamwork and an awareness of community,” the association said in statement.