Prince Rupert Fire Rescue and Prince Rupert RCMP will lace up the skates and hit the ice this Saturday, facing off in the Butch Duffy Memorial Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game.
This is the sixth year for the game, which allows Prince Rupert Fire Rescue personnel and the Prince Rupert RCMP to raise money and awareness for a different cause each year, with the 2013 event raising more than $2,000 for the ALS Society of Canada. This year proceeds will be donated to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, a charity selected by the Hoses.
“A few of the people that will be playing know people and families affected by Down Syndrome. We thought it would be a good choice for this year’s charity,” Prince Rupert firefighter Ryan Fuzi said.
“Come out and cheer whichever team and support a good cause,” said Const. Jay Collins of the Prince Rupert RCMP.
The Hoses are feeling confident going into this year’s game after beating the Guns 8-2 in 2013. To date, the Hoses have taken the title three years while the Guns have come out on top two years.
“We’ve got a pretty good team, and most of us play hockey … we should do good,” said Fuzi, adding the Hoses have been practicing with noon-hour skates.
But the Guns have also had lunch time practices and a late-night “scrimmage” last weekend, with several team members also playing in the old timers and recreational league.
“The Hoses put a good drumming on us last year so we’ve got a bit of pride at stake,” said Collins.
The Hoses team consists of more than a dozen firefighters from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat, with between 13 and 15 Prince Rupert RCMP members making up the Guns’ team.
“We’re not up there at the Rampage’s level or anything, but people are not going to leave disappointed,” Collins said.
“I’m sure one or two of us will make a fool of ourselves out there at some point, and people will get to laugh at us.”
There will be a number of door prizes at the event including a signed Milan Lucic Boston Bruins jersey, as well as a 50/50 draw.
The Duffy Memorial Guns and Hoses Butch Charity Hockey Game takes place on Feb. 1 at the Civic Centre at 7 p.m.