LOWELL -- The seventh annual "Ice ALS" hockey tournament will face off on Monday Dec. 16 at the Janas Rink, featuring four local high school teams playing to raise money to provide desperately needed support for former Dracut High center Justin Brace.

The annual tournament is held in honor of Brace, a 2001 Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star who four years later at age 22 was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.

Justin continues to fight for his life. This fatal disease struck Brace much younger than most ALS victims, and he has survived for longer than most. He will turn 31 on Dec. 29.

The opening night of the tournament on Dec. 16 will feature Lowell Catholic playing Haverhill at 6 p.m., followed by Dracut playing Minuteman Tech.

The consolation game will be the following evening at 5 p.m., followed by an alumni game and then the championship game.

Groton-Dunstable won last year's tournament.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can call Paul Barry at 508-982-6349. At the tournament there will be auction items on which to bid, including Bruins and Red Sox tickets, gift cards, photographs, jewelry and hockey equipment.