The hockey community is unlike any other. In times of need, hockey families
across the country have proved time and time again that they are ready and
willing to help their communities.
When record-breaking rainfall hit southwestern British Columbia in
November, several local hockey associations came together to support
communities that were impacted by devastating flooding and landslides. Here
are a few ways these associations and teams worked to help.
Summerland Minor Hockey Association
The Princeton Posse may be a long-time rival of the Summerland Jets, but
that rivalry was set aside to put community first after the destructive
flooding. When Summerland’s U9 team hosted the Posse, players, parents and
staff organized a food drive to send some essential items back with the
Posse’s families. Along with the food drive, the team made goody bags for
each Princeton player that included packs of Pokemon and hockey cards.
Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association
After hosting the Merritt Centennials, the Vernon Junior Vipers’ U11
Development C team invited its opponents for a pizza dinner in a dressing
room. Players from the Vipers helped to set up the dressing room before the
game, hoping the small gesture would make the Centennials feel supported by
other communities in B.C.
There was another act of kindness by the association when the Abbotsford
Hawks, who were supposed to travel to Vernon for a tournament, had to
cancel their travel plans due to the flooding. According to the GVMHA’s
Facebook page, participants and spectators at the tournament worked
together to raise $1,000 for the Hawks ahead of the holiday season.
Penticton Vees — British Columbia Hockey League
Following a weekend win in Trail, B.C., the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies
travelled to Penticton for what was originally planned to be an overnight
stay. However, with the historic storm, the team was stuck and unable to
With the unexpected extended stay, the Penticton Vees stepped up and gave
the Grizzlies a dressing room and ice to practice on while they were in
"When the puck drops, we want to beat the other team, but we're partners
and we wanted to make sure we made their stay as comfortable as possible,"
Vees president, head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson
told CTV News.
Squamish Minor Hockey Association
After the Squamish Eagles U13 A2 team had a game against Chilliwack
cancelled due to the storm, the players decided to run a food drive
instead. The team gathered outside a local grocery store to encourage
shoppers to help fill a hockey net with food to support the Fraser Valley
With support from the Cloverdale Community Kitchen for distribution, the
Eagles raised $530 and gathered several boxes of food for those affected in
Mission Minor Hockey Association
When the Mission Stars heard about the historic flooding, the association
organized a “Fill the Trailer“ event. From non-perishable food items to
things like blankets, winter jackets, socks and toiletries, the Stars ran
the event for four hours at a community centre all to give back to
communities affected by the storms.
Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association
The Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey U18 C1 team was preparing for a hockey
tournament in Abbotsford when the flooding occurred. When the team saw the
devastating impact in Abbotsford, it decided to donate $300 to the
Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund to support Abbotsford hockey families and
others affected by the flooding.
Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association
The Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association had previously planned a 50/50 draw
for its U21 team in December. After the destructive storms in November, the
association also wanted to use its fundraiser to support the flood relief
efforts. Cloverdale announced that 25 per cent of the proceeds from its
50/50 draw would support victims of the flooding.
North Delta Minor Hockey Association
The North Delta Minor Hockey Association decided to organize an
association-wide bottle drive to support the residents of Merritt, B.C.,
who were evacuated due to flooding. The idea was created and spearheaded by
Tam Manery, who was inspired to run the drive when her son’s tournament in
Merritt was cancelled.
Although the weather could have been better during the bottle drive,
parents and players helped with picking up and sorting bottles. The
association says there was a steady stream of bottles and generous cash
donations, which will all go towards a great cause.
Thank you to these hockey teams, and to everyone who stepped up to help
their surrounding communities in a time of need. Your positive impacts in
your communities have inspired us all to make a difference.
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