The Guelph Storm is pleased to announce that the dates for the Coach4food practices have been finalized. All five teams that collected over 1,000 pounds of food will receive a practice run by Guelph Storm and Guelph Gyphons coaches as well as a tour of the Storm dressing room. Starting Thursday, January 26th and ending Thursday, February 23rd, all practices will be held at the Sleeman Centre between 4:30 and 5:20.
Below is the schedule for the month. Practices are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and watch.
Thursday January 26th Novice AA
Thursday February 2nd Minor Peewee A
Monday February 6th Minor Atom A
Thursday February 16th Minor Peewee AA
Thursday February 23rd Peewee AA
In its first year running in Guelph, there was an overwhelming response from the teams that took part as over 11,500 pounds of food was collected.
Guelph Jr. Storm Minor PeeWee A – 4,341.13
Guelph Jr. Storm Minor Atom A – 2, 296.03
Guelph Jr. Storm Novice AA – 1,699.50
Guelph Jr. Storm Minor PeeWee AA – 1,332
Guelph Jr. Storm PeeWee AA – 1,183.68
Hespeler Minor PeeWee Black Hawks – 518
Guelph Jr. Storm Minor Atom Select – 149
The Storm, Gyphons and the Guelph Food Bank would like to thank everyone that took part and donated to the Guelph Food Bank.
Originating in North Bay, Coach4food is a program started by Tom Hedican, a professional goaltending consultant and University of Guelph alumnus, wherein his coaching services at local minor hockey practices is offered in exchange for food donations.
Over a three week period in December the program started in 2005 raising 1,000 pounds of food and has since exploded to 107, 969 pounds raised in 2010, just its sixth year running. The program has become the North Bay Food Bank’s single largest fundraiser and has expanded to other markets thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation*.
Everyone from NHL Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Ken Hitchcock, to rock legend Bruce Springsteen, a vocal supporter of food banks, has endorsed Coach4Food.
Hedican is based in North Bay but works as a goaltending consultant for professional hockey teams in the top league in Switzerland. He will be co-ordinating the effort in the Niagara-St. Catharines region with the Niagara IceDogs and Brock Badgers and in Guelph with the Storm and Gryphons.
* The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit the website at: www.otf.ca