Charity hockey games Saturday, Sunday

EMS game Saturday, Turtles for Jorie on Sunday

By Josh Howald

The playoff hockey action is all wrapped up at the Davidson Centre, but a pair of big hockey games remain.

This weekend, two different charity hockey games will take place. On Saturday night, the Kincardine Fire Department and the South-Bruce OPP will face off to compete for the Golden Nozzle, with proceeds going to Kincardine Community Living and the Kincardine Food Bank.

Sunday, local students have organized a fundraising game for Ronald McDonald House Charities in honour of Jorie Elliott, a Kincardine teenage hockey player who has been diagnosed with leukemia. The Carruthers Nicol Junior C Bulldogs will face off against “Jorie’s Team”, which is made up of Kincardine District Secondary School students, as well as other special guests.

Both events are more than just hockey games.

Saturday night’s game begins at 6:30 p.m., but the public is invited to the Davidson Centre early to get a look at all the emergency vehicles, which will be on display. There will be a chance to meet Kincardine’s firefighters, as well as members of the South-Bruce OPP.

"It's just a great chance to come out and support the community," said KFD goaltender Paul Serratorre. "I hear the cops have picked up a few Junior A and B players, so hopefully I can stop a few pucks."

There will be information booths to visit and plenty of great prizes. Among the items up for grabs is a Toronto Maple Leafs team - autographed jersey, with a certificate of authenticity, Leafs jerseys, Owen Sound Attack tickets, a $300 hockey stick, gift baskets, a gift card for Sugar Shack Tattoos, silver and gold necklaces, gift certificates for Boston Pizza and Crabby Joe’s, as well as other great prizes donated by local businesses.

Kevin Martin of the South-Bruce OPP and Paul Serratorre from the Kincardine Fire Department were talking plenty of smack about the grudge match last Monday afternoon at the Davidson Centre to promote the game.

Tickets are $10, and available at the Davidson Centre, as well at the South-Bruce OPP detachment or from any fire fighter. They will also be available at the door.

Sunday’s game should be fun as well, and may draw an even larger crowd. It’s the latest project inspired by Elliott, a member of the Kincardine Montgomery Ford midget girls hockey team. Most recently, a tweet-a-thon aimed at teen heartthrob Justin Bieber was done in her honour.

Bieber may not be lacing up his skates Sunday, but former NHLer Brett MacLean might. The former Phoenix Coyote, a Port Elgin native, may join Jorie’s Team, along with other special guests. The whole event kicks off at noon on Sunday, and will include a performance by the Ripley Skate Club, a public skate for the community and plenty of great prizes, raffles and draws.

Among the items up for grabs is a Toronto Maple Leaf jersey signed by Dion Phaneuf, a signed hockey stick from the London Knights and tickets to see the Owen Sound Attack and the Kincardine Bulldogs. A raffle table includes all kinds of prizes, including a Plymouth Whalers jersey signed by Ripley’s Garrett Meurs, who signed his first NHL contract last week.

Tickets are available at the high school, MacG’s and Sleepers Bed Gallery. They are also $10, and will also

A family rate of $20 is in effect for families with children under the age of 10. All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Wear orange to support Jorie’s battle, and Turtles For Jorie t-shirts, earrings and bracelets will also be available at the arena.