470 sets of new equipment were distributed to Minor Hockey Associations, social organizations and Indigenous groups in Manitoba through the NHL/NHLPA/Hockey Canada/Bauer Hockey Equipment Relief Program.
Overall, 7,000 sets of hockey equipment were distributed across Canada to Minor Hockey Associations, Members, Member Partners, social organizations and Indigenous groups.
In Manitoba, 12 Minor Hockey Associations, three social organizations and two Indigenous groups received new hockey equipment which will allow many young children to experience the game for the first time.
“Receiving the new equipment has been so great for our young community members and just a win-win situation for everybody,” said Joanne Helgason, Crime Prevention Officer for Manitoba First Nations Police, who received 50 sets of equipment. “We always try to encourage community involvement and sports is obviously a big aspect of that and hockey of course is one of our top sports in the community so for some of our young members to receive new equipment has just been fantastic.”
Lakeside Minor Hockey Association received 25 sets of equipment through the Hockey Equipment Relief Program and began distributing the equipment in October.
“The equipment we received means that a number of kids who may not have had a chance to start playing hockey will now be given an opportunity to participate,” said Marc Desjarlais, President of the Lakeside Minor Hockey Association. “We have a new arena in Lundar so we are always excited to see new players starting out. The families that have received the equipment have been very grateful and the equipment provides some financial relief in these difficult times”
Below is a full list of social organizations, Indigenous groups and Minor Hockey Associations in Manitoba who received new sets of equipment through the Hockey Equipment Relief Program:
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) – 50 sets
Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC)- 50 sets
Manitoba First Nations Police – 50 sets
Poplar River First Nation Hockey – 25 sets
Peguis (First Assist) – 25 sets
Oak Lake Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Lakeside Minor Hockey – 25 sets
South Winnipeg – 25 sets
Shilo Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Hockey Brandon – 25 sets
St. Adolphe Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Manitou Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Fairford Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Thompson Minor Hockey – 25 sets
The Pas Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Neepawa Minor Hockey – 25 sets
Melita Minor Hockey – 25 sets
About the Hockey Equipment Relief Program
The Hockey Equipment Relief Program is an equipment donation initiative which includes $2 million of hockey gear, with upwards of 7,000 sets to be distributed to families and communities in the seven Canadian NHL cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) and other regions across Canada. In the distribution of this equipment, particular attention will be provided to support minority communities.