COPPER MOUNTAIN - At West Lake Pond at Copper Mountain Resort, George Altz and his team are suiting up for some grueling pond hockey. 

24 teams hit the ice for the first ever Dawg Nation/ Copper Mountain Pond Hockey Tournament. The 3-day event and fundraiser was created to benefit flight nurse Dave Repsher, who was badly injured on the Flight for Life helicopter that crashed on July 3. 

"He's as tough as they get. A normal person wouldn't be alive right now," event organizer Martin Richardson said. "We're out here with a bunch of hockey guys trying to raise money for Dave."


Repsher suffered burns on more than 90% of his body and remains hospitalized nearly six months after the crash.  

"Dave played hockey with us in Breckenridge, we miss him a lot," Altz said. 

Repsher is still helping his team in a big way—supplying inspiration to teammates who are determined to bring the hockey tournament trophy to the toughest player they know.

"Take the cup home to Dave, and he'll be out here next year with us (for the) second annual," Altz said. 

A silent auction is planned for Saturday night. Organizers hope to raise about $50,000 to help Repsher as he continues his long recovery.

The tournament and fundraiser continue through Sunday, Jan. 10. 

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