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Huskies serve up meal at homeless shelter

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It all started with a good deed, not for any kind of recognition but to help out the community and each other. It paid off in the end with excitement and joy as The Pas Huskies Peewee Second Team found out they made it to the top ten of the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup.
The Good Deeds Cup is exactly what it’s named, a title to reward good deeds done in the community by a local peewee hockey team. The top 10 teams for the Good Deeds Cup were announced during the World Juniors Championships gold medal game between Canada and Sweden.
While The Pas Huskies did not realize it, the parents and volunteers of The Pas Minor Hockey Association did know and organized a party for the players at the team’s coach’s house with the players unbeknownst to what was about to happen. When the Huskies name came across the screen, naming them a finalist, the players erupted in cheers and screams of joy.
The good deed in question was The Pas Huskies going to Oscar’s Place homeless shelter to serve the homeless a hot meal on a cold winter night and it had already been planned before they found out the Good Deeds Cup existed so it all lined up into a perfect storm.
“We were shocked; we were surprised that we made top 10 when it’s all across Canada. We heard that there was lots and lots of submissions, we were just really happy that what we set out to do with the kids is making a positive impact,” said Kelly Barr, Manager of The Pas Huskies A Team.
“There was probably a million people signed up for that,” said one player after they found out.
They had to make a short one minute of video of the good deed and local photographer Andre Brandt was more than happy to help out, putting together the video for The Pas Huskies and The Pas Minor Hockey Association.
The fact that The Pas Huskies made it into the top 10 was a guaranteed $2,000 that will be going toward helping out Oscar’s Place. All of the videos will be placed on YouTube and the top three videos with the most views of each minor hockey team will earn them $5,000 and if it’s the top video then it will be $15,000.
“So we really need the community’s help to watch the video was many times as possible,” said Barr, adding, “They didn’t know anything about this, they just thought we were going to Oscar’s Place just to help and give back, that was the whole purpose of it. They don’t know we were doing anything different, it’ll be really neat for them to realize something good can come out of it.”
The coach saw them helping out in the community as a big character building moment.
“The team had come up with the idea of doing this, it wasn’t done for anything else other than to actually help out with Oscar’s Place. The cool thing about this is it came out after the fact; this wasn’t the reason why they were doing it. The reason why they were doing it is to give back to the community and it teaches a good lesson to all our players that there are other people who aren’t as fortunate as you are and that it’s nice to give back and learn because hockey is not only about learning a skill but building characters and good, strong individuals as they get older,” explained Andre Murphy, coach of The Pas Huskies Peewee Second Team.
The team also had some help locally from a couple of other local organizations, and the local homeless population was really grateful not only for feeding them but keeping them company and talking to them.
“It was kind of short notice so not everybody was able to come but we still had lots of players show up. We had parents show up, everybody that came brought stuff from Berscheid (Meats), they donated some food as well as the Cree Nation (Child and) Family Caring Agency they donated as well; we all brought stuff,” Barr said, adding, “we stayed and served them and it was really nice.”
So what were the biggest lessons to be learned from this? Well according to Barr and Murphy it’s to be active and supportive in the community, not just when people are watching but during day-to-day life as well.
“One of the big lessons we wanted the kids to get out of it was that it was really important to be a part of the community and to give back, that not everybody is as fortunate you may be, that not everyone has what you have. If you can see a way to help out your community or to help people in your community then it’s a good thing to do,” said Barr.
“One of the things I thought they would learn from this is that you weren’t doing this for anything else than giving back. Others recognize what you do, it’s that quote about how champions are made, it’s about how you act when nobody’s watching, that’s building a champion attitude. That character, nobody was watching them, they weren’t doing it for any other reason, just to help out and now they are actually getting recognized because of what they did,” added Murphy.
Whether or not they make it into the top three, they still helped support Oscar’s Place and that is something the players themselves are glad to do.
“That is really good money for the homeless shelter!” One player exclaimed, with another saying “It’ll probably hopefully help them lots.”
One other player summed up the lesson to be learned pretty well.
“Always help your community no matter what.”

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Trevor Wright
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