Amherst hockey and cops raise $900 for Special Olympics

By Joel Charron

There was nothing but smiles and laughter at the United Communities Credit Union Complex Thursday afternoon.

Local police services squared off against the General Amherst boys’ hockey team in the name of the Ontario Special Olympics.

Chief Tim Berthiaume and Gerald Lemire drop the puck between Frank Rosati of General Amherst and Sgt. Mike Cox. Police beat the Amherst team 9-7

The annual game raised roughly $900.

The police team was made up of officers from the Amherstburg Police, LaSalle Police and the OPP. While the Bulldogs featured a number of different players, since team regulars were competing in Stouffville for the Midget Major OHF Championship.

The police won the game 9-7.

“It was a fun game, a great game, but the right team won,” joked Sgt. Mike Cox of the Amherstburg Police.

General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett agrees with Cox. Garrett said because the majority of his roster was gone to the OHF’s, he opened the game to whoever wanted to play.

“I put out a sign up sheet and it filled up in no time,” Garrett said.

The Bulldogs head coach noted that roughly $600 was raised through the high school, as well as, selling over 200 tickets.

Garrett noted that although 80 per cent of the team didn’t play in the game, the missing Bulldogs still sold tickets. He also credited teacher/coach Greg Scott for helping to organize efforts in the school. Administration also kicked in by paying for the busing fees to get students from the school to the United Communities Credit Union Complex.

“It was a group effort,” said Garrett. “It was nice to see some of these kids who don’t play on the regular squad come out and have some fun.”

Cox, one of the key organizers of the game said it was nice to see officers from other municipalities band together to raise money for Amherstburg’s Special Olympics fundraising efforts.

Cox also mention he was impressed with several of the Bulldogs.

“A bunch of those young guys are really good players. They are going to be a force in a few years,” said Cox.

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