The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League squad said the idea for the partnership with the SPHL and its 450 players was born back in February.
“The idea of forming a new community partnership with the SPHL was initiated back in February when we launched the Roy Muncaster Bursary Fund,” said Cubs managing director Blaine Smith. “We have added a number of new components to our new partnership that will assist the SPHL in many ways.”
The assists Smith referred to come in a number of ways, including free Cubs tickets for youngsters, tyke mini-game experiences during intermissions, Family Day SPHL Celebration Game, 50-50 fundraising opportunities and Cubs players attending SPHL team practices to assist with on-ice instruction.
The SPHL said the new partnership shows the Cubs support for recreational hockey and young players.
“The Cubs initiated the Roy Muncaster SPHL Bursary Fund this year and we are very pleased with their level of support for recreational hockey,” said SPHL President Ernie Boeswald. “Our players and their families sincerely look forward to attending Cubs games at the Countryside Sports Complex this season and cheering
on the Cubs to victory. We cannot thank the Cubs organization enough for their dedication in serving the hockey playing youth of our community at the recreational level.”
Cubs fans can look for SPHL volunteers selling 50-50 tickets at Cubs home games this season, with the funds raised supporting the operation of the playground league.
The Cubs play at home every Thursday night at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex. Game time is always 7:05 p.m.
With a history going back more than 70 years, the Sudbury Playground Hockey League has approximately 450 players aged four to 16 and is operated by volunteer coaches, managers and board members.