Over a dozen kids were invited to Scotiabank Place yesterday to skate with Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips as organizers unveiled the 10th edition of the Tremblant 24h fundraiser.

After a long practice, Phillips played games with the kids, who represented the Ottawa charitable organizations that will receive funds from the Dec. 10-12 event.

“Time is definitely an issue. If it wasn’t, I’d be able to spend the whole weekend up there and really enjoy it,” said Phillips.

Nearly 2,000 participants will ski at Mont Tremblant over a 24-hour period to raise funds for organizations such as the Sens Foundation and Candlelighters, a childhood cancer support program. A record $1.5 million was raised last year.

Seeing the excited kids is what Phillips enjoys most about the event.

“It’s great to see when you can combine that with raising a lot of money for great causes — it was fun to be a part of,” he said.

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