Minor hockey wins big with Hockey Day in P.E.I.

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The recent Hockey Day on P.E.I. not only saw Charlottetown-based home teams win their respective games it raised more than $10,000 for Island minor hockey.

This year's event had teams from across the province selling tickets for Saturday's games at Eastlink Centre.

Craig Foster, president of operations for the Charlottetown Islanders, said the team was thrilled with the result.

"Our goal this year was to help some minor hockey teams out with fundraising, as we all know how expensive it is to play hockey. We're really pleased with the amount we raised and hope that as this event continues to build, that total will only get greater in years to come," he said.

First, the Islanders defeated the Rimouski Oceanic in a mid-day Quebec Major Junior Hockey League matchup, then the UPEI Panthers downed the Dalhousie Tigers 2-1 in overtime in the Atlantic University Sport men's hockey nightcap.

Rob Newson, Hockey P.E.I. executive director, said it was a great initiative for helping out minor hockey teams.

"Hockey P.E.I. is very grateful to the Charlottetown Islanders and the UPEI Panthers for offering a great fundraising opportunity to minor hockey teams on P.E.I.," he said. "All teams are always in need of additional funding and looking for fundraisers. This was a great way for the Islanders and Panthers to help the cause and give back to the game."

Forbes MacPherson, Panthers head coach, said the day proved a great success.

"In only the second year of Hockey Day in P.E.I., we can see that this event is continuing to evolve and grow. This year there seemed to be a real buzz heading into the weekend, which led to a great day on Saturday."

The day also featured a Red Rock Wrestling card.

Organizations: Islanders, Eastlink Centre, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Dalhousie Tigers 2 Atlantic University Sport

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