Showing that team spirit runs strong even in the offseason, the Brampton Thunder are taking to the ice for a worthy cause. With funds going towards cervical cancer research, the presence of the Thunder shall strengthen the sense of community and teamwork that defines this admirable initiative.
Dubbed the “Faceoff to Fight Cervical Cancer”, this heartwarming event shall take place on April 8. Don Sheardown Memorial Arena shall serve as the backdrop for this remarkable gathering of hockey talent. Located in Bolton, Ontario, 51 km northwest of Toronto, near the community of Caledon, there is a strong hometown presence for the Thunder.
Having ranked second overall in rookie scoring during the 2015-16 CWHL season, Rebecca Vint spent many winters during her youth sharpening her skills in the Bolton community. The chance to participate in this fundraiser not only brings her hometown hockey roots full circle, a chance for local fans to appreciate the accomplishments of one of their own, it also allows the chance to be surrounded by a new group of friends and teammates as the Thunder’s involvement defines the essence of teamwork and goodwill.
Of note, the opposing team shall also supply a strong local flavor. On-hand for this event shall be the locally owned Sunday Night Junior Men’s Hockey League (SJMHL), who shall ice an All-Star team to challenge the Thunder. While the SJMHL holds an all-star game on an annual basis, it was the suggestion Vint to include a women’s hockey presence.
Coincidentally, this is not the first time that the Thunder shall be facing off against an opposing comprised exclusively of male skaters for charitable causes. In March 2015 and 2016, the Thunder faced off against a group of NHL alumni on home ice at Powerade Centre in a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
Having also graciously donated her time to help organize the event, Vint has also seen the human element. An associate of her employer had a fiancé who lost her battle with the disease, and the cause is dedicated in her honor. For Vint, the chance to give back to the community is more than just an extension of the Thunder’s values, which includes serving as proud hockey humanitarians, but it helps raise awareness about the all-too real impact of this disease.
“It is amazing to be able to throw an event and get the community out to support us and watch some great hockey. All of us are extremely ecstatic for the day to come!”
As teal is the official color of support for the disease, expect the color to be prominently on display, primarily with teal-colored tape on sticks and socks. The recipient of net proceeds shall be the Ride to Conquer Cancer, which benefits Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital.
Fans interested in attending the game or making a donation can communicate with We Are Creative. A Bolton-owned enterprise that has loaned their support to the Faceoff to Fight Cervical Cancer, more information can be found at: http://wearecreative.ca/new/faceoff/
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