Hockey play­ers re­call pain of bul­ly­ing

Started by a hockey coach alarmed by bul­ly­ing on his team, pink tape games were played across Nova Sco­tia on Sat­ur­day

Truro Daily News - - COMMUNITY - BY FRAM DINSHAW

“This guy was throw­ing ice balls, call­ing us names and push­ing us.”

at was Liam Lam­rock’s ex­pe­ri­ence with bul­ly­ing.

Sat­ur­day, he joined his Truro Atom A Bearcats team mates, and their op­po­nents, the Cum­ber­land County Ram­blers, in wrap­ping pink tape around his hockey stick, be­fore the show­case game of mi­nor hockey’s day to take a stand against bul­ly­ing.

“I don’t re­ally like that, could you please stop,” said Lam­rock, from Truro, when asked what he would say to his tor­men­tor. “I don’t think bul­ly­ing is okay.”

e game at Truro’s Rath-eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre be­gan with a cer­e­mo­nial puck drop by RCMP Const. Tammy Wade.

Be­fore the two Atom A teams be­gan their pre-game warm-up, they watched a short video ex­plain­ing the Pink Tape Cam­paign, now a prov­ince-wide cam­paign against bul­ly­ing in hockey.

The cam­paign be­gan when Cole Har­bour hockey coach Blair Dole, who is also an RCMP o cer, learned of a bul­ly­ing in­ci­dent on his team last sea­son.

He used pink tape to start a con­ver­sa­tion among his play­ers and help them ad­dress the is­sue.

Play­ers in Truro and else­where wrapped their sticks in the tape and donned hel­mets sport­ing Pink Tape Cam­paign stick­ers, in a cam­paign backed by both the RCMP and Hockey Nova Sco­tia.

“I de nitely think we need to be talk­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing and ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren and par­ents on the e ects of bul­ly­ing,” said Rob­bin Ward, whose son Carter Worr plays for Truro.

Just one day be­fore the game, the Val­ley na­tive was hit and called names by an­other child at school.

While Carter him­self was some­what re­luc­tant to talk, it was a mes­sage that res­onated with par­ents and chil­dren from both teams.

Some of the Truro Bearcats’ Amherst op­po­nents are also bul­ly­ing sur­vivors.

Player Evan Bird re­mem­bered other chil­dren mak­ing fun of his voice, “say­ing I sounded like a ve-year-old girl and it’s hap­pened plenty more than once.”

When he was eight, he at­tended a camp with chil­dren who were 11 or 12, who ganged up on him.

“It sucks to get bul­lied and I think it’s great that ev­ery­one in this league has to have pink tape, to stand up for these kids who got bul­lied when they were younger,” said Bird.

His fa­ther Robert Bird said hockey rinks – which of­ten see play­ers be­hav­ing badly on the ice – should in­stead be safe and fun places for young play­ers.

“I’m very proud of him, he’s wise be­yond his years,” said Robert of his son. “We’re re­ally happy to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in this to­day. e aware­ness is great, but there needs to be some pos­i­tive ac­tion come as a re­sult of this and if even just one kid learns that when they see some­thing that’s wrong to step in and go get an adult, it will all be worth­while.”

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

The Truro Atom A Bearcats faced o against their Cum­ber­land Ram­blers op­po­nents in a show­case game against bul­ly­ing Sat­ur­day, be­gin­ning with a cer­e­mo­nial puck drop at Truro’s Rath-eastlink Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. From left, Cum­ber­land player Ethan Tot­ten, Josh Bur­cham, Const. Tammy Wade, Alexan­der Bur­cham and Truro player Jor­dan Carr.

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Truro Atom A Bearcats and their Cum­ber­land Ram­blers op­po­nents gath­ered in unity Sat­ur­day at the RECC. Hockey play­ers from both teams joined oth­ers across the prov­ince in wrap­ping pink tape around their sticks, send­ing a clear anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage.

FRAM DINSHAW/ TRURO NEWS

Mi­nor hockey play­ers joined forces against bul­ly­ing in a spe­cial game at Truro’s REC on Sat­ur­day. Play­ers used pink tape on their sticks to sym­bol­ize their stance against bul­ly­ing. From left, Jaxon Har­ri­son, Evan Bird, Carter Worr and Liam Lam­rock.

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