Memory of Corey Meloche honoured at Amherst/Villanova chairty game

 

By Joel Charron

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens and the Villanova Wildcats played as one Monday night to fight breast cancer and honour the late Corey Meloche.

General Amherst head coach Dan Pettypiece said the annual Corey Meloche Skate for a cure All-star challenge charity hockey game is a good way to end a long season.

“It’s all about fun tonight,” said Pettypiece. “We’re playing hockey for a good cause while at the same time keeping the memory of Corey Meloche alive and well.”

Pettypiece mentioned that the format of the charity game has changed this year. Instead of playing a head-to-head game, players were drafted onto teams, much like the NHL All-Star game.

 

Ben Meloche, along with Darlene and Dan Meloche drops the puck between Villanova captain Melissa Mayrand (left) and General Amherst captain Maria Goggin before game time.

Ben Meloche, along with Darlene and Dan Meloche drops the puck between Villanova captain Melissa Mayrand (left) and General Amherst captain Maria Goggin before game time.

The two teams wore special black and white jersey with a pink ribbon to support the fight against breast cancer. Team White sqeaked out a 5-4 win over Team Black.

Pettypiece said the charity game is a highlight for his team.

“I think this is a fun way to end the season and make some good memories,” said Pettypiece.

Pettypiece noted that the game is also a great way to keep Meloche’s name and memory alive. The game also raised $500, which will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

“I want to keep educating these kids, year after year, that number 11 on the jersey means something and will always mean something,” stated Pettypiece.

Darlene and Dan Meloche, along with Meloche’s four-year-old son Ben were also in attendance.

“To keep Corey’s name involved in this, we’re just thrilled,” said Darlene. “It means people are still remembering her and still want to be here for her.”

Before the game, Ben was the guest of honour, taking part in a ceremonial faceoff.

Darlene said her and Dan make sure Ben knows who his mother is and how important she was to many people in the community.

When Darlene asked Ben where he keeps his mother, Ben smiles and pats his heart.

 

 

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