The spirit of atoMc
A minor hockey team did its part on Remembrance Day by giving back to those who had given so much
Shauna Fukes & Cheryl MacPherson
November 16, 2017

NOTE: Shauna Fukes and Cheryl MacPherson are co-managers of the New Glasgow Bombers, an Atom team in New Glasgow, N.S., that is part of the atoMc Hockey program.

After the success we had with the atoMc program last year, and a visit by Tessa Bonhomme where she spoke of taking lessons learned about teamwork and sportsmanship to the community, we decided to do just that!

On Remembrance Day, after the formal ceremonies, our atoMc team met at the home of the widow of a World War veteran. Armed with rakes and gloves - and cookies and bags provided by our McDonald's atoMc sponsor – we set off to clear a large lot for a deserving individual.

Helen MacDonald is the widow of Hughie MacDonald, who passed in October 2014. He served in Italy during World War II from June 1942 to February 1946, and played senior hockey in Nova Scotia in the 1940s and 1950s (even playing at Maple Leaf Gardens during Allan Cup playoff action).

Hughie was also an accomplished coach, leading the Trenton Scotians to the Maritime Junior B championship in 1952.

As a start-of-the-season team builder, our team decided to go into the community and spread the Golden Jersey message. On Remembrance Day, who deserves the Golden Jersey more than the family of a veteran?

Who is a better representative of a team than a soldier and his partner left at home, with a family that supports and a community that welcomes them home?

Helen was delighted, and surprised, to watch a “little army” of atoMc players attack the leaves on her property. She was so thankful and appreciative.

On Remembrance Day, we are so thankful and appreciative for not only Hughie’s service, but Helen’s as well. You see, in order to do amazing things you have to be surrounded by an amazing team.

Thank you to Larry and Stephanie from McDonald's in New Glasgow for providing supplies, sustenance and support, and a special thanks to restaurant manager Michelle ‘Mick’ Corcoran, who is always an important part of our team.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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