Tony Perry Me­mo­rial Hockey Game

Sec­ond an­nual game held Oct. 28 at Antigo­nish Arena

The Casket - - Sports - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

The Antigo­nish Arena was awash in the spirit of sup­port and com­radery Sun­day (Oct. 28) af­ter­noon dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual In­spec­tor Tony Perry Me­mo­rial Hockey Game.

Named in mem­ory of the former staff sergeant with the Antigo­nish RCMP de­tach­ment, who passed away in Oc­to­ber of 2016, the fun game sees RCMP mem­bers fac­ing-off against a team of first re­spon­ders, while or­ga­niz­ers raise money through do­na­tions, a 50-50 draw and an auc­tion, with great items gen­er­ously do­nated.

The event raised money for two spe­cial groups this year; the Help­ing the Helpers com­mit­tee, which held their ma­jor event the pre­vi­ous day at St. F.X., and the Antigo­nish chap­ter of MADD (Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ers), one of the many com­mu­nity groups Perry sup­ported, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, while work­ing in Antigo­nish.

To rec­og­nize Perry’s dili­gent and com­pas­sion­ate work, the Antigo­nish chap­ter of MADD has cre­ated a schol­ar­ship in Perry’s name which it has pre­sented dur­ing the last two Dr. J.H. Gillis Re­gional High School grad­u­a­tion days.

“Tony meant a lot to many peo­ple,” Dar­rin Young, from

Team RCMP, said af­ter the game.

Re­cently pro­moted to sergeant and trans­ferred to a Hal­i­fax post­ing, Young said he worked a lot with the Antigo­nish de­tach­ment while sta­tioned in Pictou County and, like Perry, worked in New­found­land for a time.

“Not when Tony was there, but when he was here, ac­tu­ally,” Young said.

“But this is great; it’s nice to be able to come out and play Canada’s game for char­i­ties … do some­thing we all en­joy.”

He talked about the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the com­pany of fel­low RCMP mem­bers and first re­spon­ders in a fun and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.

“Nor­mally when we see each other, it’s a scene we’re re­spond­ing to, be­cause that is our job, but we don’t get an op­por­tu­nity to have fun and share the com­radery of­ten; these are the times you smile about,” he said.

Wil­lie Bray, deputy fire chief with the Antigo­nish County Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment and a player with Team First Re­spon­ders, echoed those sen­ti­ments.

“Ev­ery­one had a lot of fun; we can’t wait for next year,” Bray said.

“Hope­fully they’ll be able to keep this go­ing and do it ev­ery year. I’m pretty sure that locker room in there will con­tinue to come out,” he added, ges­tur­ing to­wards a room full of his team­mates.

Both men praised the or­ga­niz­ers of the game and the sup­port it re­ceived from the com­mu­nity.

“It’s great to see the com­mu­nity come out and the amount of money they’re able to raise for the char­i­ties,” Young said. “It al­ways goes to great causes and helps a lot of peo­ple in many dif­fer­ent ways.”

“It’s great causes be­ing sup­ported,” Bray said. “It was nice to see ev­ery­one out there sup­port­ing a great com­mu­nity event.”

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