Mi­nor hockey wins

Pan­thers, Is­lan­ders vic­to­ri­ous in Hockey Day fundraiser

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The re­cent Hockey Day on P.E.I. not only saw Char­lot­te­town-based home teams win their re­spec­tive games it raised more than $10,000 for Is­land mi­nor hockey.

This year's event had teams from across the prov­ince sell­ing tick­ets for Satur­day's games at Eastlink Cen­tre.

Craig Foster, pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions for the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders, said the team was thrilled with the re­sult.

"Our goal this year was to help some mi­nor hockey teams out with fundrais­ing, as we all know how ex­pen­sive it is to play hockey. We're re­ally pleased with the amount we raised and hope that as this event con­tin­ues to build, that to­tal will only get greater in years to come," he said.

First, the Is­lan­ders de­feated the Ri­mouski Oceanic in a mid­day Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League matchup, then the UPEI Pan­thers downed the Dal­housie Tigers 2-1 in over­time in the At­lantic Univer­sity Sport men's hockey night­cap.

Rob New­son, Hockey P.E.I. ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said it was a great ini­tia­tive for help­ing out mi­nor hockey teams.

"Hockey P.E.I. is very grate­ful to the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders and the UPEI Pan­thers for of­fer­ing a great fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity to mi­nor hockey teams on P.E.I.," he said. "All teams are al­ways in need of ad­di­tional fund­ing and look­ing for fundrais­ers. This was a great way for the Is­lan­ders and Pan­thers to help the cause and give back to the game."

Forbes MacPher­son, Pan­thers head coach, said the day proved a great suc­cess.

"In only the se­cond year of Hockey Day in P.E.I., we can see that this event is con­tin­u­ing to evolve and grow. This year there seemed to be a real buzz head­ing into the week­end, which led to a great day on Satur­day."

The day also fea­tured a Red Rock Wrestling card.

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