The organization was founded in 1963 by Brian McKee and Les Costello, two priests from Northern Ontario. Costello was a former professional hockey player, who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1940s before his ordination as a priest.
Originally intended as a one-off event, the Fathers became a popular phenomenon, and the organization is still active as of 2005. The Flying Fathers have played 907 games, and have raised over $4 million. Their single-game fundraising record is $240,000 at a game in Toronto.
- Flying Fathers
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