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Gord Sleivert Memorial game raises $2,300 for local family

Kari Sleivert with her three children (l to r) Lachlan, Benjamin and Brianne do the ceremonial puck drop with team captains Steve Millward and Ken Gilbertson. - Britt Santowski
Kari Sleivert with her three children (l to r) Lachlan, Benjamin and Brianne do the ceremonial puck drop with team captains Steve Millward and Ken Gilbertson.
— image credit: Britt Santowski

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Sooke Minor Hockey Association played a coaches-only fund-raising hockey game. The coaches were divided into two teams: The Benchwarmers (visitors) and the Stick Magnets (home). Each coach who played donated $20, and the referees volunteered their time as well.

“We’re keeping it calm tonight,” said Darren Fogarty, the association President, “No slap-shots. We all have to work the next day so we want to keep it fun. No penalties, there’s going to be penalty shots instead.”

The fund-raising coaches-only hockey game has been renamed in honour of Gord Sleivert.

“As most of the community knows, Gord was a member with the Sooke Minor Hockey as a coach, a mentor, [and he was] active as president three years ago, so we’ve changed the name to the Gord Sleivert Memorial. That way,  we’re going to remember his name for years to come,” said Fogarty.

The final score was 6 - 3 for the Benchwarmers, the “visiting” team. The fund-raising game also raised more than $2,300.  All proceeds to go to a local Sooke family.

With notes from Donna Perman

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