Musicians swap guitars for hockey sticks in charity game

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Bevie Buchanan, goalie for the Hockey Momma's, makes the save on a shot by Colin McDonald, leader singer of The Trews during a charity game at UPEI Saturday. The game was between the Momma's and the ECMA all stars and all proceeds go to support P.E.I breast cancer programs.

Some of the musicians staying in Charlottetown for East Coast Music Week swapped their guitars for skates and hockey sticks this afternoon.

Musicians took a bit of a break from a hectic schedule to take part in a charity hockey game at MacLauchlan Arena Saturday afternoon.

The heated rivalry between east coast musicians and the Charlottetown Hockey Momma's saw all proceeds from the game go towards breast cancer research.

For Colin MacDonald, of The Trews, it was the second time lacing up after playing in the Juno Cup against a number of former NHL’ers last week.

“I like to get out and play with other guys at my skill level… like other musicians,” said MacDonald, who is also on P.E.I. promoting the band’s new self-titled album being released later this month. “It’s always good to be involved in something for a good cause and I’m a big hockey fan.”

Other participating musicians included Rich Aucoin, Thom Swift, Liam Corcoran from P.E.I.’s Two Hours Traffic, John and Rob MacPhee as well as many others.

The musicians, as well as some local celebrities such as finance minister Wes Sheridan, suited up in Charlottetown Islanders jerseys to take on the Hockey Mommas.

The team is hosting the UPEI Hockey Momma's Paderno Cup Challenge this weekend, with proceeds going towards cancer research as well as the UPEI women’s varsity hockey program.

Nora McKenna, who plays defence with the Hockey Momma's, said the group gets together to play every week and hosts a fundraising tournament each year.

“Since we started this in the last ten years people have become more comfortable with raising money for breast cancer and being aware of it,” said McKenna. “It’s great to get all the men involved as well, it affects everybody and I’m sure some of those players know what the effects are.”

John MacPhee, frontman for P.E.I. band Paper Lions, said playing in the game seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up.

“I think it’s a great initiative as far as marrying what’s going on musically on the Island and all the exposure from that with a great cause,” he said.

MacPhee, who like many Canadians grew up playing hockey, said it had been a while since he last hit the ice.

“If I die out there, tell my wife and daughter I love them,” said MacPhee. “I heard the Hockey Momma's aren’t going to go easy on us.”



Organizations: Charlottetown Hockey Mommas, NHL, UPEI Hockey Mommas Paderno Cup Challenge

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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