Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:06

Bandits score on the ice — 801 times

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits stole the show Dec. 6 as they managed to get 801 stuffed animals plus an overflowed bin of food donations for the Brooks Food Bank during their Dec. 6 game at the Centennial Regional Arena vs. the rival Okotoks Oilers.

All toys were donated to the Scotiabank Smiles for Christmas program. Jaime Currie, the Bandits manager of marketing and community relations, was admittedly concerned about the walk-up crowd last Friday as the temperatures hovered close to -40C including windchill.
“I was very concerned about that,” explains Currie, but they still managed to get a good crowd out to watch. “But, it was a decent turnout and we got a lot of donations.”
It was fun for the fans to begin with but unfortunately for the South Division-leading Bandits, the Oilers won the game 3-2 in overtime.
Bandits’ forward Mark Logan scored a first period power play goal with seven minutes remaining to send the crowd into a frenzy and the toys out onto the ice.
Currie says they were happy with the donations to the food bank, the first time they had a food donation night with the Teddy Bear Toss.
This didn’t happen last year as the Bandits had six games at the Centennial Arena in December whereas this year the Bandits had only two so they had to combine a few promotional nights together.
The reigning national Junior A Champions are currently 20-9-5 and leading the South Division by four points over Okotoks.

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