Storm spares charity hockey game

Ashley Thompson
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Published on February 12, 2013

Two-year-old Kaleb Huntley, of Wolfville, meets Sparky, the mascot for the Hantsport and Windsor fire departments.

Published on February 12, 2013

National hockey players Jennifer Wakefield and Natalie Spooner braved the impending storm to fly in for the two charity hockey games hosted in support of New Boundaries Friday evening.

Published on February 12, 2013

Geoffrey Burnes, a representative of New Boundaries, was thrilled to have a chance to squeeze in between national hockey players Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield for a picture with the RCMP.

Published on February 12, 2013

The winning RCMP hockey team gathers for a photo op with special guests Jennifer Wakefield and Natalie Spooner and Geoffrey Burnes, of New Boundaries. 

Published on February 12, 2013

National hockey players Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield battle for the puck in the all-stars game. 

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Mike Sanford gets a word in with Sparky before the game is underway. 

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Members of the Hantsport and Windsor firefighters’ hockey team line up before the puck drop. 

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Town crier Lloyd Smith tips his hat to the crowd at the Hants Exhibition Arena. Cpl. Duane Ivany, Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess and celebrity guest Natalie Spooner are pictured in the background. 

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Hantsport Fire Chief Peter Johnston handles the puck.

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Cpl. Duane Ivany waits for a pass. 

In spite of severe storm warnings, two members of the Canadian women’s national ice hockey team still flew in Friday to play two back-to-back charity hockey games in support of New Boundaries.

Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield were originally recruited as special celebrity guests for the 2nd annual Long Pond Heritage Classic scheduled for Feb. 9. While the Saturday afternoon tournament at historic Long Pond was cancelled, Spooner and Wakefield still made it out for the Feb. 8 charity games featuring RCMP officers, firefighters from Windsor and Hantsport, and local all-stars.

First, the women suited up for opposing teams as the RCMP faced off against local firefighters. Wakefield scored twice for the RCMP, helping the police secure a 7-5 win over the firefighters. Spooner, a CWHL Toronto Furies player, had one goal and one assist for the firefighters.

Both Spooner and Wakefield made their presence known in the Home Hardware All-Star game but Wakefield’s team, wearing the Home Hardware jerseys, finished on top with an 8-6 victory.

The event was a win for New Boundaries, a non-profit adult vocational facility in Windsor. The total amount raised at the Friday night activities was unknown as of press time.

Organizations: RCMP, Home Hardware, Windsor Home Hardware New Boundaries

Geographic location: Windsor, Long Pond, Hantsport Nova Scotia Birthplace of Hockey Cradle of Hockey Hants Exhibition Arena

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