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GHC All-Star Game

GOLDEN HORSESHOE CONFERENCE

ALL STAR GAME

Monday January 26, 2015, 7:30 pm

Fort Erie Leisureplex

Tickets

Adults $9.00  

Senior/Student $7.00  

Children under 6 are free

 

Corvairs in the Community

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(l-r) Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs Mitch Purdie and Kyle Tanev read to students during the River Heights literacy event on Nov. 7.

Corvairs promote literacy at River Heights

By Ethan Harrison, Special to the Sachem

The Caledonia Corvairs spent the day at River Heights School on Friday, Nov. 7 as part of a literacy program held for the Grade 4, 5 and 6 classes.

Earlier in the week, teachers took 184 junior students to the Hamilton Bulldogs game for their annual literacy event game, attended by 13,000 teachers and children from across the region.

Although the kids loved it, teacher Donna Brownell felt it would mean more to students if they had the opportunity to do hands-on language activities with the hockey players.  This would be impossible for the Bulldogs to accomplish, but was a welcomed opportunity for the local Jr. B team to get involved in the community.

Under the direction of the teachers, the players alternated between all of the junior classes to read The Moccasin Goalie, create an acrostic poem, as well as participate in a spelling game.  There was time allowed after each activity for discussion and for the kids to ask players questions.

Having the players work with the students contributed to the success of the day.

“The Corvair players were able to make connections with the kids on a personal level,” stated Brownell.

“It’s important for the kids to see the Corvairs care about school.  They’re not just hockey players.”

“It was a great day and a chance for us to give back to the community,” said Corvair Mitch Purdie.  “To see the kids’ faces light up and see how much they look up to us was pretty special.  We could really see how we are role models for them and it was important for us to share the day promoting literacy and reading.”

Connor Patton and Todd Ratchford, returning Corvairs from last year, brought the Sutherland Cup as well as their championship rings, which the kids were able to try on.

Many of the players talked to the students about wanting to earn NCAA scholarships or going on to play hockey in university.

“In order to achieve these goals, you have to work hard both on and off the ice.  It takes perseverance, dedication and lots of hard work.  These are character attributes that we are trying to instill in our students,” explained Brownell.

All of the players dressed in their team jerseys and posed for pictures and signed autographs throughout the day.  They also spent both recesses outside playing games with the students.

“I think it’s great to see our players giving back to our community,” said the Corvair’s general manager, Brian Rizzetto.  “I think everyone knows that the Corvair players are good hockey players, but events like this show what great kids they really are and that makes our organization proud.  In hockey you can’t win on the ice until you’re winning off it.”

The Beginning

Caledonia Corvairs win Sutherland Cup

The Perfect Ending

TICKETS

Adults $10

Students & Seniors $5

children 5 and under FREE

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