Lady Gens, Bulldogs and A’burg Police come together for Special Olympics

 

By Joel Charron

 

Members of the General Amherst boys and girls hockey team took to the ice for one last time this season.

Sunday afternoon the Bulldogs and Lady Gens squared off against the Amherstburg Police in the annual charity hockey game with all proceeds going to benefit the Special Olympics.

“This game is a lot of fun for both sides while at the same time we’re support a great cause,” said organizer Sgt. Mike Cox.

While the Bulldogs fielded a full roster, members of the lady Gens hockey team helped fill out the Amherstburg Police bench.

The Bulldogs got out of the gate fast, scoring the game’s first goal within the first two minutes and never looked back.

Although the Amherstburg Police squad fought back valiantly, bringing the game within one in the final five minute, the Bulldogs surged forward for a 17-15 win.

“Those kids are so fast,” said Cox. “We have some good players on our team but when you’re going up against young legs like they have, it’s hard to keep up.”

The General Amherst Bulldogs, Lady Gens and Amherstburg Police  charity hockey game raised $500 fort Special Olympics.

The General Amherst Bulldogs, Lady Gens and Amherstburg Police charity hockey game raised $500 fort Special Olympics.

Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett said the annual charity game is one of the highlights of the year, not only for the players but him as well.

“It’s fun for everyone,” he said. “It’s good to sit back and listen to the guys having fun on the bench. Everyone has a good time in this game.”

Garrett mentioned the game also builds a good relationship between the players and the Amherstburg Police.

“It’s good for the players to get out there and interact with Amherstburg’s finest,” he said.

Garrett also mentioned he wished the game could be played during school so the entire student body could come out and support both teams and raise money for Special Olympics but because the United Community Credit Union Complex is a little out of the way for the students, it would be hard to get them there.

“It becomes a liability,” he said. “It’s pretty far for the students and there are no sidewalks for them to use. We thought about getting buses but they are pretty expensive.”

The annual charity game raised roughly $500.

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