Novice hockey teams score to stock food-bank shelves

The Stettler novice hockey tournament on the weekend yielded a heaping truck-load of donations for the Stettler Food Bank.

The Stettler novice hockey tournament on the weekend yielded a heaping truck-load of donations for the Stettler Food Bank.

The third annual Stettler novice food bank challenge invited the 12 teams participating in the tournament to support the local food bank.

Donations were awarded five to 25 points, based on nutritional value. The team with the most points was rewarded with a pizza party, courtesy of Boston Pizza.

That honour went to the Stettler White clubs, one of the four novice teams from the host Stettler Minor Hockey Association.

“The real winner was the Stettler Food Bank,” said Martha McPherson, one of the event organizers.

Stettler Dodge supplied the truck to haul the donated items to the food bank and provided all the players and their families with hot beverages.

“We ask a lot of our community for hockey and they give so much, so it’s good to give something back,” said Katie Bainbridge, one of the food challenge organizers.

Eight of the participating teams were from out of town. They represented the communities of Airdrie, Bashaw, Cochrane, Eckville, Midnapore, Okotoks, Red Deer and St. Albert.

The challenge appeared to be well-received by the visiting teams.

Tracy Robinson, another local helper with the challenge, said some of the visiting teams told her they were interested in initiating a similar food bank challenge at their tournaments.