Red Hawks Hockey is going to help bring the heat to the county by fundraising for Heat Bank Haliburton County at its home opener Nov. 22.
The Haliburton Highlands High School hockey team will invite its patrons to donate to the heat bank at its home opener at the A.J. LaRue Arena. The initiative will include games and an opening-puck drop dedicated to the heat bank, according to team head coach Jason Morissette.
“Winter can be really long and tough in Haliburton and it’s good for our student body, just something they want to take on,” Morissette said. “Hockey is community. It’s about being a part of a larger team.”
With the “Red Hawk Hockey Bringin the Heat!” tagline, the team will be fundraising for the Heat Bank at all of its home games this season, Morissette said.
“They love the county they’ve grown up in,” Morissette said of his team’s players. “It just helps them connect.”
The team will also be doing a day of volunteering for the Heat Bank Dec. 1, chopping and delivering wood.
Assistant captain Shawn Walker said the volunteering will be a good team bonding experience.
“It’s good just to help out the community and do something special for people,” Walker said.
“We’re going to come closer together and we’re going to have lots of fun.” “It’s great to get out in the community,” team left wing Zach Morissette said. “We’re willing to do this on our free time and really help out people in need.”
The initiative falls on the school’s kindness week and is another way to promote kindness, Jason Morissette said.
He added he hopes this fundraising and volunteering can become something the team does annually.
“It’s a win-win,” Morissette said. “It’s a good way to partner and bridge with the community.”
The team’s home-opener takes place at the A.J. LaRue Arena against Campbellford. Puck drop is at 1:15 p.m.