They may work side by side year round, but that comradery wont stop the action in the annual charity hockey game that pitches the Revelstoke RCMP against the Revelstoke Firefighters.
“This year, we are a grinding team with no real ringers,” says Firefighter Matt Robinson. “So we plan on roughing the RCMP up enough to get a few chances.”
It might not be flashy, notes Robinson, but it should get the job done. The Fire team will consist of members, ex members and a couple family members. When asked if the Firefighters will take the win this year, Robinson predicts a close game. “We’ve lost the last two years, but we’ve won in overtime in the past,” he laughs. “I think it will be an exciting game and we will lose in overtime. Can I predict a loss?”
The Revelstoke RCMP detachment does not have enough employees to fill a roster, so they will likely pick up members from Salmon Arm and family members. Abbi Vigue, a former University Varsity player, is likely playing for the RCMP detachment, so there is at least one known ringer.
The event has changed format over the years. It used to be more of a game of shinny where fans and supporters could buy goals and penalty shots with a minimum donation. Though it served as a great fundraiser, it was confusing for anyone in the stands. The event transitioned into a regular, good old hockey game a few years ago. Last year, $800 was raised for charity. All proceeds from this years game will be shared between three charities; Muscular Dystrophy Canada, BC Burn Fund and Trees for Tots.
The puck drops Friday, February 22 at 1900 hours at the Revelstoke Forum. Admission by donation. 50/50 Draw.