BERWICK, NS - The Valley Wildcats, proud member of the Maritime Hockey League, have announced that they have partnered with the West Nova Scotia Regiment and the South Shore Lumberjacks to launch the West Nova Scotia Regiment Challenge Cup competition.
The West Nova Scotia Regiment Challenge Cup will be presented to the team that has the most wins in head-to-head competition this season.
The first game in the series will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Berwick and will be marked with a ceremonial puck drop.
Lieut. Col. Ken Butterworth, Commanding Officer of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, has a personal connection to both MHL clubs.
“My experience with the Maritime Hockey League has been extremely positive,” Butterworth said. “My son Jeremy was drafted and played for the South Shore Lumberjacks and also played for the Valley Wildcats. Both organizations are pillars of the community and their brand represents everything that the Canadian Armed Forces looks to for partnership opportunities.”
Wildcats General Manager Nick Greenough shared Butterworth’s sentiments.
“The players on the Wildcats and Lumberjacks are the leaders of tomorrow and display some of the same characteristics of the men and women who serve, and have served, in the regiment,” Greenough said. “We are proud and honored to be associated with them.”
The West Nova Scotia Regiment (WNSR) is one of the oldest infantry regiments in Canada. It was formed from both the 69th (Annapolis, 1717) and the 75th (Lunenburg Regiment, 1870) in 1936 and served with distinction throughout the Second World War. Stretching from Sicily to Holland, there are 352 graves of West Nova’s who made the ultimate sacrifice. Added to this were 1,084 wounded and missing.
The regiment continues to send soldiers on U.N. peace keeping tours and on active duty in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Today, the West Nova Scotia Regiment serves the Kentville, Bridgewater, Middleton and Windsor communities and employs more than 120 soldiers.
The Wildcats visit the Yarmouth Mariners Oct. 19 at 7: 30 p.m. Ticket to all Wildcats games are available at: 902-698-9913, firstname.lastname@example.org or can be purchased at the box office prior to game time.