Guns and Hoses play for charity on Friday

Members of the Prince Rupert RCMP and Fire Rescue crew will be hitting the ice on Friday, January 20, to compete against one another.

Members of the Prince Rupert RCMP and Fire Rescue crew will be hitting the ice on Friday, January 20, to compete against one another for the fourth annual Guns N’ Hose Charity hockey game being held in the arena at thee Civic Centre.

“We wanted to keep the community in mind when we were picking a charity [to play for],” said Prince Rupert Fire Rescue secretary Remo Pomponi.

The two emergency response organizations agreed to play against one another in order to raise money for Everybody Gets to Play, a program offered in Prince Rupert that focuses on ensuring kids from economically disadvantaged families can have access to recreational experiences.

The RCMP team will have 13 to 16 players on their team, and according to Cpl. Jagder Uppal, the Guns have been preparing for the game by playing various teams from town.

The Hoses have been preparing themselves in a less physical, and more mental way.

“We’ve been watching a lot of hockey,” joked Pomponi.

Perhaps the Hoses confidence comes from the fact that they have won the game two of the past three years, and are currently in possession of the inaugural trophy, something that the Guns hope to change this year.

The puck will drop at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, with the game running until around 9:30 p.m. Entrance for the game will be by donation.

Additionally, there will be a 50/50 draw taking place at the charity game, as well as prizes to be won, including a BC Ferries one-way trip.