Scotiabank supports minor hockey

By Jamie Harkins

March 14, 2017 12:00 AM

WELCOME GIFTS Representatives from Maidstone, Vermilion and Lloydminster minor hockey accept donation cheques from Scotiabank Lloydminster. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The minor hockey family of Lloydminster and area received a welcome gift at the Rogers Hometown Hockey festival.
Scotiabank, as a presenting sponsor of the hockey tour’s stop in the Border City, announced a donation of $5,000 to each of the Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association, the Vermilion Minor Hockey Association and the Maidstone Minor Hockey Association on the Rogers Hometown Hockey main stage on Saturday afternoon.
“Our rink is in dire straights for some renovations,” said Brett Harrison, president of the Maidstone Minor Hockey Association. “Our Zamboni needs to be fixed along with some glass, the flooring and the electrical. There are a lot of things, so $5,000 is great and it will be used very quickly in our arena.”
The total $15,000 contribution to supporting this area’s youth and the sport in these communities comes in addition to Scotiabank’s regular $1,000 sponsorship of a different minor hockey team in this community each season.
“Hockey is really important to Canada and that’s something that Scotiabank takes nearly and dearly to,” said Nitin Cherian, branch manager of the Lloydminster Scotiabank. “It’s not just our community. It’s 23 communities across the world that (Scotiabank) sponsors each year for this $15,000 (and) along with that we also sponsor more than 8,000 teams across the country in Canada.”
Harrison said they have two teams in the initiation, novice and atom divisions as well as a single team in the peewee, bantam and midget categories. He said they are seeing a lot of growth in the sport in their community especially amongst the younger teams, but they are also experiencing higher costs of providing these kids the opportunity to play.
“Just alone our power and energy bill the one month when it was cold was $8,000,” said Harrison. “Without people in our community helping fundraise and with donations and that type of thing we wouldn’t have an arena. So, we have to make sure we thank those people on a regular basis.”

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