Saturday, June 5, 2010

Taking it to the streets for local food banks


A great fundraiser to help food banks across Canada will be getting under way at the end of this month.

Five Hole for Food is the brainchild of Richard Loat, a Vancouver hockey fan and contributor to Canucks Hockey Blog. Loat makes a summer ritual of taking hockey related excursions, but this year his adventure will be a series of road hockey games across the country that gives back to the local communities.

He’s recruited some known hockey bloggers, and corporate sponsors (Boston Pizza, Monster Energy Drink, etc.) for the nine city whirlwind trip along the way.

It will all begin in Montreal on June 29th at Parc des Éperviers outdoor rink (86 Rue De la Rivelaine) at 7pm. Proceeds will go to the NDG Food Depot. Kyle Roussel of Cowhide and Rubber is the Montreal host.

From there it’s off to Ottawa, where Down Goes Brown’s Sean McIndoe presides over the activities at Bluegrass Park.

Next stop will be in Toronto for some Canada Day street hockey. The hosts are in place but the venue is to be determined.


The tour then heads west with stops in Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and concludes in Vancouver on July 9.

Notable western blogger/hosts include Tyler from NHL Digest (Regina) and Mother Pucker’s Chris Anderson (Edmonton).

Canucks legend “King” Richard Brodeur is the event’s celebrity ambassador, and more surprise guests may be added along the tour as plans are finalized.

“The Canucks icon is an edition we’re all extremely excited to have on board,” Loat said on the site’s news page. “We’re proud to have his support in our cross Canada trip supporting local food banks!”

There will also be a post-game tweetup/barbeque/gathering so everyone can relax after a hard day’s work.

The full schedule and further information can be found on the site or by email or following them on Twitter.

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