The Victoria Admirals U-13 hockey team has leapt over the second of three hurdles en route to the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup.
The team was announced Saturday (Feb. 13) by broadcaster Ron McLean on Hockey Night in Canada as the B.C. regional finalist for the cup, the winner of which receives a $100,000 cheque for the charity of their choice. A total of 11 minor hockey teams across the country are vying for the prize.
Unlike past years, where teams submitted videos illustrating good deeds they had already done in their community, the pandemic has this year limited teams to outlining how they would use the money if they won.
The Admirals’ video pitch, created by Gord Rufh, told the story of how they plan to help the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The money would go towards the purchase of mobility aids for Island children needing help walking and protective equipment for those at risk of head injuries due to seizures.
“It’s heartening to know these young players, their coaches and parents are our future,” said Veronica Carroll, chief executive officer of the foundation in a release. “Specialized equipment for mobility, safety, and communications will give Island kids the life-changing support they need to develop skills and to join in play with their family and friends.”
With the regional finalists chosen, the public may now vote online for their favourite team and project. McLean will showcase each team during a segment on hockey telecasts between now and Feb. 24, the day voting ends. The top three finalists will be announced on March 20.
To cast your ballot, visit https://gooddeedscup.chevrolet.ca/victoriaadmirals
Don Descoteau, Victoria News