The Sunshine Coast RCMP has hockey bragging rights after edging the Sechelt Fire Department 11-10 in the Challenge of the Badges Charity hockey game Dec. 27.
The game, attended by more than 350 people at the Sunshine Coast Arena, raised more than $2,000 in support of Muscular Dystrophy.
Organizers said the event was quite successful and they hope to make it an annual affair.
"The men's game was entertaining and I think everyone had a good time," said Jen Graham, one of the event organizers. "We know what worked and what didn't, and once we make those changes, I think the event can be even better next time around."One of the biggest hits of the night came when two novice division players from the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association were chosen to skate with the two teams. Blake Pearson suited up for the RCMP, while Brandon Munson skated for the firefighters. Both players scored goals, and each received a complimentary jersey.
"The rink was full and people were jumping up and down and screaming. That's a good indication of how well the event went," said Sechelt Fire Chief Bill Higgs. "Having the minor hockey kids out there was a huge hit. We all had a lot of fun."
Higgs credited the support from the crowd as well as the business community for making the event a success.
"The door prizes we had were just incredible," Higgs said. "When you get that type of support from the corporate community it really makes a difference. The real winner is Muscular Dystrophy, and thanks to this community, they will receive a sizeable donation."
Following the men's game, the Sunshine Coast Women's Hockey League played a spirited exhibition game with the Green team picking up a 2-1 overtime win over the White team.
Donna Dew and Gina Stockwell scored for the Green team, while Graham scored for the White team. Six girls from each of the four women's league teams were selected to play in the game.
The Sunshine Coast Power Skating Club also put on an intermission demonstration to the delight of the crowd.