In a great way of giving back to the community, the Niagara IceDogs took their home exhibition games on the road to local minor hockey centres around the area.
To begin the preseason, the IceDogs hosted the Oshawa Generals at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls to give fans from that area a great opportunity to see their beloved Dogs live, without having to travel too far. The IceDogs won the game 7-1.
After two road games, the Kitchener Rangers came to town and the IceDogs hosted the game at the brand new Lincoln Community Complex. All proceeds from the game went to the Lincoln Minor Hockey Association in order to support local minor hockey; a cause the IceDogs organization feels is very important. LMHA fundraising director Katy Arcuri said she was very grateful for the opportunity to host the event.
“This is an opportunity that we’re very thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Burke to bring this forward to us,” said Arcuri. “It’s great to bring things back to the community. Bringing an actual game to our home rink is just exciting.”
The IceDogs played their final preseason game at the Thorold Community Arena, when they hosted the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 16. Once again, the proceeds went to the local minor hockey program, the Thorold Amateur Athletic Association.
“We’ve never done anything like this before, so it was really great opportunity for us to have a community night and get everybody out,” said Erin Taubeneck, a director for the TAAA. “We’re really thankful to the IceDogs for having offered this to us.”
Taubeneck said all the proceeds will be going towards keeping costs down in order to allow kids to play minor hockey in Thorold.
With the regular season all wrapped up, the IceDogs are ready to get down to business when they travel to Sudbury to take on the Wolves on Sept. 26.
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