Text by Newell Durnbrooke
Photos by Mona Ghiz, MARLANT Public Affairs
Cadets are the big winners in Halifax Hockey Fundraiser
On Thursday 3 October, the Royal Canadian Navy Mariners and the Esprit de Corps Commandos faced off against each other at the storied Halifax Forum for the fourth annual ‘Clash of the Titans’ hockey game.
On hand was; Rear Admiral Craig Baines to cheer on his Mariner squad, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage for the ceremonial puck drop, local radio DJ Rick Howe to announce the game plus both the Stadacona Band and a trip-service Cadet band to entertain the crowd. Added into this year’s on ice lineups was a trio of US Military attaches who travelled down from Ottawa just to play in the game. Also added to the Commando squad was Cadet Kale Chase who was fresh off his sailing victory at the annual Regatta in Kingston. Turned out that this 15 year sailor can play hockey as well. Just prior to game time the Commandos were able to make a few trades and bolster their skill level with some former Mariners. Thanks in part to these last minute additions, the Commandos established what appeared to be a commanding 7:3 lead heading into the third and final period. However, the Mariners were not about to go down without a fight in their home port. With the Commandos running out of gas, the Navy squad battled back to within one goal. With only 12 seconds left on the clock, the Mariners’ goalie pulled in favour of the extra attacker and the crowd chanting “Go Navy Go!” they scored to equalizer. A dramatic five round shoot out decided the contest in favour of the Mariners 9:8.
At the post game reception attendees were treated to the sounds of Stadacona Band’s jazz ensemble, while enjoying a feast of world famous Halifax style donairs.
Esprit de Corps publisher Scott Taylor used the occasion to present a plaque of appreciation to the Corps of Commissionaires, Nova Scotia Branch for their successful track record in hiring veterans.
The highlight of the night was the over-sized cheque photo op to celebrate the fact that this year’s event raised $6275 for the Cadet Leagues of Canada. This would not have been possible without the tireless fundraising efforts of Louise Mercier. Sponsors included; Via Rail Canada, Commissionaires, MBDA, Elbit Systems, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Federal Fleet, Duke Marine, David Pratt & Associates, Logistik Unicorp, BMT, Ultra Electronics, Kraken, Babcock & Terri King.
The Commandos are now 1:3 in this series, but we look forward to closing that gap in next year’s game.
Bravo Zulu to all of those volunteers in Halifax that helped make this event such a fantastic success.