BY SCOTT HUNTER HADDOW
In the end, it was worth all the heat and exhaustion to see the smiles on the faces of the kids sitting by the rink, and know that we played a small role in trying to better their lives.
Bruises, scrapes, welts and exhausted faces were the norm this past Saturday at Don Cherry's Restaurant and Bar as the Fifth annual Easter Seals Power Play ball hockey tournament was a huge success.
Overall, about $18,000 was raised by participants for Easter Seals.
For the third year in a row, the Sudbury Police Association was the top fundraising team. All together, they pulled in an incredible $4,200.
It's an impressive total, and one that will be appreciated by all the Sudbury and area kids living with physical disabilities.
Way to go!
The money helps the youth with mobility equipment purchases.
Under hot, sticky conditions, the Northern Life team, comprised of salesmen Dave Fontaine, Ray Quenville, Mike Crawford, myself, and our teammates Rene Perrin and Q92 radio man Chris Mask donned helmets, armed ourselves with hockey sticks and met other competitors for fun on the outdoor rinks in the parking lot of Don Cherry's, all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Easter Seals' kids.
We had a decent showing, making it to the semi finals, before loosing to Don Cherry's, the eventual overall winner in the competitive division.
Congratulations Don Cherry's. You guys played hard and with class, and made games exciting with the in-your-face tempo.
It's too bad there wasn't more sportsmanship. There were some players who thought the Stanley Cup was up for grabs, and acted very immature. Grow up!, it's for fun and charity.
In the round robin, we went 2-1-1.
Crawford was our man in the pipes. Crawford was solid in net, providing us with numerous key saves throughout the day, and battling through the muggy heat, especially with goalie equipment on.
Quenville and Fontaine were our main snipers.
Quenville was a factor in every game we played scoring timely goals and keeping us in tight games against stiff competition.
Fontaine was the garbage man, stuffing home rebound after rebound for the team.
Mask and myself supplied supporting scoring roles, and figured in on some critical goals.
Then there was our big man on defence, Perrin.
He was quite a sight, and a force to be reckoned with. Perrin kept the competition honest with his savvy defensive play.
Needless to say, we were all a little banged up from the action, but it was all worth it.
This was the fifth Power Play event, and organizers were pleased with the results
"It's a great amount to come in because every bit of it goes towards helping the local kids," said Cathy Macey, district manager for Sudbury and area for the Easter Seals Society. "The money is used to purchase mobility equipment."
Macey was proud of the combined effort put forth by the community, volunteers and participants.
"We can't do it without the volunteers," said Macey. "There was over 40 volunteers involved to put that event on. The participants, 20 teams, worked really hard to raise all that money for the kids. They see the kids out there on that day and know they know where their fundraising efforts are going towards."
I am looking forward to the next Power Play event.