Afternoon will be a celebration of hockey
TORONTO, April 15, 2018 /CNW/ - As Canada continues to mourn the tragic accident that has shattered the community of Humboldt, SK, one hockey veteran is rallying the youngest members of Toronto's hockey community to show its moral, and financial, support for the Broncos community.
Volunteer hockey coach Michael Lende and his team have secured four ice pads at Chesswood Arena for Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 12:30 pm, where 100 eight and nine-year-old players will take to the ice to play for the Humboldt Broncos.
"Our goal is to help the kids to learn what it means to be a supportive, compassionate and giving member of our community," said Lende, who once coached Junior A for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL and locally for the Junior A Upper Canada Patriots. "Hockey has always been a major part of my life, and like every Canadian, my heart is with the Broncos community. I just felt the need to do something proactive to show the people of Humboldt that our local Toronto community is with them."
Lende, who currently coaches his son on the North York Rangers AAA Team, is joined by fellow fundraisers Kevin Dennis (North Your Rangers Manager), Paul Macchia (Vaughan Rangers Coach) and Lee Jinman (Toronto Marlboros Coach) to pull the event together.
The afternoon will feature three-on-three scrimmages played concurrently on all four rinks, along with prizes and a silent auction, with all funds raised going to support the families and friends of the victims of the Humboldt tragedy. Sponsors include Liberty Entertainment Group, Roots, BioSteel, Indigo, Pizzaville, Tribeca Clothing, Chesswood Arena, Webware, Camp Tamakwa, Michael Budman, Diane Bald and Larry Tanenbaum.
For those not in attendance, donations to the Humboldt Broncos can be made via GoFundMe.
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