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Airdrie tykes take on Calgary Flames players at Genesis Place

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:18 pm

Calgary Flames forward Joe Colborne gave some tips to members of the Airdrie Novice Lightning and their friends before a friendly game at Genesis Place on Jan. 27.
Calgary Flames forward Joe Colborne gave some tips to members of the Airdrie Novice Lightning and their friends before a friendly game at Genesis Place on Jan. 27.
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Local youth hockey players got the thrill of a lifetime at Genesis Place on Jan. 27, as members of the Airdrie Novice Lightning team and their friends had the chance to skate and play with Calgary Flames forwards Blair Jones and Joe Colborne.

“It was really good to be on the ice with them, and I liked it a lot,” Tyson Sandhu said. “I enjoyed being out there with the two Flames players, and I really liked it when they would pass me the puck and things like that.”

“They didn’t give us all of their secrets though,” he said with a smile.

The experience was a flashback for Jones and Colborne, as they said being out on the ice with the seven, eight, and nine-year-old hockey stars brought them back to when they were that age and could only dream about playing in the National Hockey League (NHL).

“When you see the kids having a great time like this, it really brings you back and you remember how much fun you had as a kid just playing the game and meeting new friends,” Jones said. “It’s a pretty special feeling to give back like this.”

“It’s always fun for me to come out to events like this and to see the looks on the kids faces,” Colborne added. “I remember being in the same boat when I was a kid growing up in Calgary and the Flames would come out to my team’s practice, as it was always pretty special.”

The Enmax Pond Hockey game also had events for those that weren’t on the ice, with fundraising raffles, a 50/50 draw, silent auction, and an autograph session.

“It took us about a month to put everything together, and while there was a lot of planning that went into it, the event went great,” event organizer Jesse Loewen said.

“All of the funds that we will be raising will go to three organizations - the Airdrie Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Raise The Rink, and the Novice Lightning team.”

Loewen said the amount of funds raised during the event were still being finalized as of press time.


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