WOLVERINES SET A NEW STANDARD IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
PLAYERS PROUD OF THIER COMMUNITY AND ITS SUPPORT
With the close of the "home" season that saw the team win the N.W.J.H.L Championship on home ice for the first time, the team took time to reflect on what has been a hallmark year with regard to the level of community involvement.
Beginning with the exhibition season the Wolverines played the Spruce Grove Regals twice in a home at home series that saw both teams split the series. However in this season's match up both teams took time out to honor Elias "Hollywood" Lachance and retire the #22 which he wore while with both clubs.
In the Whitecourt game the ceremony was attended by Elias's family as well as Wolverine Alumni who had played with Elias. The game was the Annual Lorens Cup which saw the hometown favorites win by a score of 3 - 2 and over $5000 was donated this year to both the Elias Lachance Foundation as well as the Whitecourt Cancer Foundation.
Following the start of the regular season, the team was notified of little Aidan Barnes who was battling Cancer. Brent Stark directed the team to help out and as a result "Aidan's Day" was created. On the day of the game over 600 teddy bears were donated to the Stollery Childrens Hospital as well as the Whitecourt Christmas Hamper Program. Cash donation exceeded $10,000 and Aidan was awarded his own sweater and made an Honorary Wolverine.
The team however did not stop there. A short few weeks later a local family lost thier home to fire and the team once again donated all gate receipts to the family working closely with Paul Chauvet of Exit Realty who had organized the relief effort.
The team also took time out and partnered with Tim Hortons and held its first Timbits Day which saw the local Timbit players play with the Wolverines. This event was followed by a free skate with the team and new relationships were created and friendships established.
The team introduced "Wolvy" to Whitecourt and together with the players conducted visits to the Allen & Jean Millar Centre, all local pre schools as well as elementary schools. During these visits the team promoted teamwork, good academics and delivered a message to the students about anti bullying.
The Whitecourt Wolverines are grateful for the support of all the children and fans who have assisted us in putting the Whitecourt back into the Wolverines.
Posted: March 29, 2012