Prince Rupert grads taking to the ice for hockey fundraiser

Prince Rupert graduates will be taking to the ice on Thursday for the annual Grad Hockey Game.

Prior to the amalgamation of high schools, graduating students from both Charles Hays Secondary School and Prince Rupert Secondary School would face off annually in a game of hockey to raise money for the two schools’ joint prom celebration.

With Charles Hays now the lone high school in Prince Rupert, Grad Parent Committees have found a way to keep the grad hockey game tradition alive.

“Since the high schools amalgamated into one a couple of years ago we’ve been trying to get the rivalry going between the grads and upcoming grads… It’s always more exciting when there’s a rivalry,” said Tina Cann, who is helping organize the game with Tezi King.

The Muckers, consisting of 17 graduating students from Charles Hays Secondary School, will take on the Boys with Wood, made up of Grade 11 and 10 students from CHSS and Grade 9 students from Prince Rupert Middle School.

Grade 12 students Austyn King, Jordan Aubee and Colten Cann were confident the Muckers will come out victorious when they sat down with The Northern View earlier this week.

“We’re older, stronger, and we’ve been going to school longer so we know more than them,” Aubee said.

“Going out as champions means more to us. We’re not losing, it’s non-negotiable,” King added.

Players from both teams are accustomed to each other’s hockey skills, as they have been on Prince Rupert Minor Hockey teams with each other for most of their lives. The All Star game will give graduating students an opportunity for one last exhibition game against their fellow minor hockey players.

The game is being sponsored by  the Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association, City Furniture, 2nd Avenue Medical Clinic, The Electrician and Panago. The local groups and businesses donated cash and prizes for the fundraising match.

The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the puck dropping at 6:30 p.m.