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Nathan McIver, left, of the Providence Bruins, and Adam McQuaid, of the Boston Bruins, discuss the charity game they are participating in Sunday night at MacLauchlan Arena. The proceeds from the game went to Camp Gencheff.
It was a battle between Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup champions.
The Island’s finest hockey players, from major junior to the NHL, faced off at MacLauchlan Arena Sunday night in the annual Andrews Hockey Benefit Game as a way to raise money for Camp Gencheff.
The game saw the blue team, featuring recent Memorial Cup winner Jason Cameron of the Saint John Sea Dogs, down the gold team, which had Stanley Cup champion Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins, 9-3.
The game also featured Sea Dogs head coach Gerard “Turk” Gallant and associate coach Mike Kelly in the benches. Gallant was assigned to the blue team, while Kelly was with the gold team.
Randy Cameron of the St. Thomas Tommies, led the points leaders with two goals and four assists for the blue team. David Ling, of the Providence Bruins, scored two goals and one assist for blue, while Brandon Gormley, first round draft pick for the Phoenix Coyotes, also scored.
McQuaid scored a goal for the gold team, while Bradley Smith, of the St. Mary’s Huskies, and Brad Gallant, of the St. Thomas Tommies, also found the back of the net.
Autographed jerseys from the game were auctioned off. Many players stayed to chat with fans and sign autographs after the game.
Edna Reid, chair of fundraising and volunteers and board member at Camp Gencheff, said the game was very successful, raising money to go towards general operating costs at the camp.
“It definitely has raised incredible amounts of money over the years, thousands and thousands.”
Doug Shepherd, of Andrews Hockey Growth Programs, said every year he’s amazed at how easy it is to get the players, many who are past alumni, to take part in the game.
“It’s pretty easy, these guys are very generous with their time. We almost don’t even have to ask, they ask us.”