They couldn’t roll up their sleeves themselves, but the nine-year-old boys who make up the Barrie Minor Hockey Association Minor Atom AE Players were quick to serve up juice and cookies to their coaches, parents and anyone else who turned out for Saturday’s blood donor clinic at Canadian Blood Service on Bayview Drive in Barrie.
The team was looking to do something different to give back to the community this holiday season, learning the importance of donating blood in the process.
In doing so, they became the first minor hockey team in the region to support Hockey Gives Blood, a campaign born out of two tragic events – the Humboldt Broncos accident (April 6) and the death of Stu Middleton’s father (2000) when he was driving to his junior hockey game. Stu was 18 at the time, away from home and away from his family when he got the news. It was his team who supported him and through that experience, he gained a greater appreciation for the team culture and how supportive the hockey community is.
HGB believes every team, league and player can make a lasting difference – even minor hockey teams in small towns.
And now…the challenge…from the Minor Atom AE Team to other minor hockey teams in and around Barrie – and the OHL Barrie Colts – to take up the cause as well.
If these 9-year olds can do it you can, too!