ALBERTA MINOR HOCKEY TEAM WINS $100,000 FOR CHARITY AND MAKES HISTORY IN CHEVROLET GOOD DEEDS CUP
The Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers are the first all-girl team to win the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, and they'll be donating the top prize to a neighborhood organization that will improve accessibility in their local ice rink.
As the first all-female minor hockey team to win the season championship, the Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers from Alberta was awarded the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup's season six champions. The winning team will give Inclusion Lloydminster the $100,000 grand prize presented by Chevrolet Canada. The money will be utilized to improve accessibility in their new neighborhood rinks, enabling more members of the local community of various abilities to participate in hockey, volunteer, and access the ice.
Michael MacPhee, Brand Director for Chevrolet Canada, said, "We continue to witness the real connection and great impact our program has across Canada." They continue to be inspired by the degree of commitment and empathy they see in communities around the nation, all flowing from the game they know and love, as one of the most impactful ways their brand connects to hockey families.
The Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers was one of twelve regional finalists from around the nation vying to win the 2022 Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup in a season devoted to making hockey more inclusive than ever.
The team explained in its video submission how a fully accessible rink would improve access for people of all abilities, including a parent who couldn't go to the box to help keep time. The squad also promoted a bi-provincial Para-Ice Hockey Arena and staged an inclusive hockey event. The team was chosen as a Regional Finalist by predetermined judging standards, which included consideration of the creativity with which the Good Deed was demonstrated, its inclusivity, and the viability and overall impact it has on the community. However, it was Canada's votes that helped the team win.
The Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers' team manager, Nicole Drobot, stated that "our squad has a very particular link to the changes that will be implemented at the rink." "It will not only improve their requirements and the needs of our parent volunteers, but it will also bear the mark and leave a legacy of this incredibly incredible bunch of hockey players. We're incredibly proud of everything they've accomplished."
On Saturday's episode of Hockey Night in Canada, the team was honored on a national level for their outstanding accomplishment. The players were taken aback at Russ Robertson Arena, where they received the big award and got to lift the trophy and celebrate their victory together.
During the event, Ross Ulmer of the nearby Ulmer Chevrolet dealership shocked the winning team by matching the $100,000 first prize with a donation to Inclusion Canada, the international branch of Inclusion Lloydminster. Members of Inclusion Lloydminster, Chevrolet Canada, and Hockey Canada were also present, along with Anthony Stewart, a national broadcaster, Caroline Ouellette, a six-time women's world champion and four-time gold medalist at the Olympics, Sarah Nurse, a women's world champion and gold medalist for Team Canada, and Tyler McGregor, a two-time world champion and medalist at the Paralympics. Gerald Aalbers, the mayor of Lloydminster, was also present to offer his congratulations and to speak briefly on the team's local influence.
According to Mayor Gerald Aalbers of the City of Lloydminster, "The Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers of the Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association brought to life the true spirit of the Lloydminster Place project's concept of inclusivity." "The athletes and coaching staff looked into accessible rinks after seeing firsthand the impact an inaccessible venue may have on others. They exhibited great leadership by fighting for the inclusion of all persons in the Lloydminster Minor Hockey Association and our brand-new Lloydminster Place."
To honor the outstanding contribution they gave to their community, the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup will now bear the name of the Lloydminster Female U13 Blazers. The Victoria Admirals (2020–21), the Torbay Northeast Eagles (2019–20), the West Carleton Warriors (2018–19), the Pas Huskies (2017–18), and the Glace Bay Miners will all have their names inscribed beside the new team's name (2016-17).
Visit ChevroletGoodDeedsCup.ca for more details about The Good Deeds Cup.
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