Young hockey players in the Kawarthas raise $1,350 to purchase gifts for families in need

Under-13 team of the Central Ontario Wolves also decided what to purchase and shopped for the items

The players and coaches of the Central Ontario Wolves under-13 team with some of the items they purchased on November 29, 2022 for local families in need. Front row: Dylan Hoare and Quinnton Bowler. Middle row: Gabe Stone, Caden Cousineau, Tyson Hawley, Marcus Kennedy, Gage Cooper-Bailey, Mason Quinn, Karter Brideau, Prestin Allen, Finn Ellery, Liam Williams, Stephen Hutchinson, Ethan Davidson, Cole Roberts, Kyler Lauder, and Brayden Evans. Back row: head coach Chad Birkhof and assistant coaches Doug Hinan, Denis Lemoire, and Mitch Madgett. (Photo courtesy of Central Ontario Wolves)
The players and coaches of the Central Ontario Wolves under-13 team with some of the items they purchased on November 29, 2022 for local families in need. Front row: Dylan Hoare and Quinnton Bowler. Middle row: Gabe Stone, Caden Cousineau, Tyson Hawley, Marcus Kennedy, Gage Cooper-Bailey, Mason Quinn, Karter Brideau, Prestin Allen, Finn Ellery, Liam Williams, Stephen Hutchinson, Ethan Davidson, Cole Roberts, Kyler Lauder, and Brayden Evans. Back row: head coach Chad Birkhof and assistant coaches Doug Hinan, Denis Lemoire, and Mitch Madgett. (Photo courtesy of Central Ontario Wolves)

A group of young hockey players has demonstrated the holiday spirit is alive and well by making Christmas a little more magical for a few local families in need.

The under-13 team of the Central Ontario Wolves AAA hockey program, which includes kids from the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Trent Hills, and Scugog and Peterborough, donated their own money so they could purchase gifts for a family of three (two parents and a teenage boy), as well as another teenage boy and a teenage girl.

With the help of their coaches and mom, the players raised almost $1,350.

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The players met with their coaches on Giving Tuesday (November 29) to decide what to purchase for each person and to shop for the items.

“The boys did an excellent job on picking out the items,” says Courtney Bribeau, ice scheduler with the Central Ontario Wolves. “They learned the joy of helping others, and that the true spirit of Christmas is all about giving, not receiving.”

“We are so proud of this group of boys and so grateful that the Wolves are able to spread some Christmas cheer and support those who need it the most.”