Rock fans keep Yo! rolling

Tim­mins NOJHL team urg­ing fans to bring do­na­tions for city’s mo­bile soup kitchen.

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - THOMAS PERRY

Fans will have an op­por­tu­nity to cheer on their favourite Ju­nior ‘A’ squad and sup­port a wor­thy cause at the same time Sun­day night at the Mcin­tyre Arena.

For the se­cond-straight year, the Tim­mins Rock will be col­lect­ing do­na­tions in sup­port of the Yo! Mo­bile dur­ing Sun­day night’s clash with the Iro­quois Falls Eskis.

It will be the first meet­ing of the two NOJHL ri­vals — the for­mer Abitibi Eski­mos (the Rock) and the cur­rent Eskis — since Nov. 4.

Tim­mins has won all three meet­ings of the two teams this sea­son — 8-1 at the Jus Jor­dan Arena on Nov. 4, 7-5 at the NOJHL Show­case tour­na­ment in Sud­bury on Oct. 12 and 6-2 at the Jus Jor­dan Arena on Oct. 5 — so Rock of­fi­cials are hop­ing to see a large crowd at the Mcin­tyre Arena Sun­day night.

“We are hop­ing to see quite a few fans come out since we are play­ing a ri­val like the Eskis,” said Kevin Peever, a mem­ber of the Rock board of di­rec­tors.

“Hope­fully, some of the Eskis’ fans will make the 45-minute drive from Iro­quois Falls to watch the game.

“Last year’s event was a great suc­cess. The Yo! Mo­bile and (pres­i­dent) Mario (Dus­sault) were able to re­ceive some ex­tra do­na­tions, which they wouldn’t have had oth­er­wise.

“We are hop­ing to be able to give them a sim­i­lar kind of boost again this year. A lot of peo­ple are very gen­er­ous at Christ­mas time, but once the new year rolls around, some­times or­ga­ni­za­tions like the food banks and the Yo! Mo­bile be­come se­cond thoughts.

“We just want to help bring it back to the fore­front for ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity. Hope­fully, we will get a lot of peo­ple to come for­ward and help out with their great cause.”

More than 600 fans turned out to sup­port the in­au­gu­ral night in sup­port of the Yo! Mo­bile on Feb. 24, 2016, with the Cochrane Crunch in town.

Dus­sault is grate­ful to the Rock for once again show­ing sup­port for the Yo! Mo­bile.

“Ev­ery do­na­tion is good,” he said.

“What we re­ally need is cash, fuel gift cards or gro­cery gift cards, but ev­ery do­na­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated.”

The num­bers of peo­ple in need of the Yo! Mo­bile’s ser­vices is higher than ever, es­pe­cially with the cur­rent chilly tem­per­a­tures.

“It has been crazy,” Dus­sault said.

“Last year, we had 4,500 peo­ple go on the bus in six months. Now, since the start of Novem­ber, I think we are at 4,000. Last Satur­day night, we had 162 peo­ple. It is the first time we had that many peo­ple on the bus.

“When it is very, very cold, we need to pick up some peo­ple for the shel­ter.”

Dus­sault has the Yo! Mo­bile out at the City Hall park­ing lot Fri­day and Satur­day nights from 7 p.m. un­til mid­night.

THOMAS PERRY/ THE DAILY PRESS

The Tim­mins Rock will be col­lect­ing do­na­tions on be­half of the Yo! Mo­bile dur­ing Sun­day night’s game against the Iro­quois Falls Eskis at the Mcin­tyre Arena. On hand to dis­cuss the de­tails prior to the NOJHL team’s prac­tice at the Mcin­tyre Arena on Fri­day af­ter­noon were, from left: Rock de­fence­man Grant Mcclel­lan, Yo! Mo­bile pres­i­dent Mario Dus­sault, Caisse Pop­u­laire de Tim­mins gen­eral man­ager Jo­ce­lyn St Pierre and Rock as­sis­tant cap­tain Ni­cholas Hau­ta­nen. Caisse Pop­u­laire de Tim­mins is the game spon­sor and they will be hand­ing out clap­pers to the first 200 fans in at­ten­dance.

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