Charity hockey game supports local food bank

News Article / December 18, 2017

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By Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Campbell

Skates were sharp on December 1, 2017, for the second annual Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) Charity Hockey Game between the defending champions, CFSATE staff, and the hockey elite of CFSATE’s student population, with the goal of raising funds and food for the Angus, Ontario, food bank.

As word spread throughout the school that this year’s student team was going to pose a significant challenge to the staff, the organizer, Corporal Aaron Pledger swiftly engaged with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to secure a ringer by acquiring retired Toronto Maple Leafs centre Jack Valiquette to play with the staff team.

Mr. Valiquette, no stranger to championship games, was selected by the Maple Leafs in the first round of the 1974 draft and played seven professional seasons in the National Hockey League with both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Rockies.

As the students took to the ice in anticipation of an easy win against the older and slower staff team, the Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, arena was filled with a supportive visiting crowd of students that hissed as the defending champion staff team took to the ice to the drums and music of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”.

The game started off with Aviator Tyler Happeney scoring a quick goal for the students against his father and goalkeeper for the staff team, Captain Chris Happeney. The staff team struck back quickly to make it 1-1 when a slapshot from point defenceman Sergeant Jeff Clairmont beat the student goalie, and garnered an assist for CFSATE commandant Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Rhéaume. When the second period ended, the score was 2-1, and both teams retired to their dressing rooms for serious strategy discussions. The third period saw Aviator Happeney twice besting his father to complete his hat trick, with an empty-net goal in the last two minutes of play. 

Finally, a quick return by the staff team saw Mr. Valiquette retrieve the puck in front of the students net while CFSATE’s Chief Warrant Officer Dan Campbell ruthlessly held off the opposing defence. Mr. Valiquette made his way to the crease to beat the student goalie with a quick wrist shot through the five-hole of the student net minder to bring the final score to 4-2.

In the end, the student team reclaimed the CFSATE Charity Game Trophy, but the real winners were the families in Angus who depend on the support of the Angus food bank during the holiday season. The CFSATE Charity Game earned $2,800 in cash donations and 363 kilograms of food.

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