Thursday, 22 December 2011 09:23

Taber Atom Chiefs score, with Scotiabank’s Hockey Tonight Kids

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By Susan Quinlan
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Taber’s Atom Chiefs scored big when they were selected from among 3,400 hockey associations, to announce the NHL game during Scotiabank Hockey Tonight on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.


“They were pretty happy; just screaming and yelling, really excited to be going on TV,” said Jeff Reimer, the team’s head coach for the past five years.

The players all watch Hockey Night in Canada, added Reimer, so that made the win even sweeter for the nine and 10-year-olds who are having a great season of their own.

“They’re second in the league right now. (They) should have a good run into the provincials.”

The sport does, however, teach the players a lot more than just following the game’s rules.

“It’s about team play, respecting others, working as a team. There’s a lot of team building that adds to their life skills and also to their work ethic.”

This win is great, said Reimer. It boosts their enthusiasm for the game even further.

Another aspect of the award came in the form of a $1,000 cheque from Scotiabank, which the team can use as they say fit.

“It’ll go towards tournaments and the year-end party. We’ll use it for whatever comes about.

“I appreciate what Scotiabank has done. They also threw us a supper party to watch the game together at the Taber Golf Course. They went above and beyond what they had to do. They support local sports and everyone appreciates it and may want to think about supporting them.”

Taber Scotiabank Branch Manager Scott Stevens said this is the third year the bank has sponsored a local team and that’s just one of the 3,400 Scotiabank sponsors annually with a $1,000 cash boost.

“They can put the money toward whatever they need … uniforms, travel, … We take pride in being called Canada’s hockey bank. We sponsor an NHL team as well, so it goes from the top down to the grass roots level.”

Stevens said it’s the bank’s way of giving back. In addition to the money, staff volunteer at tournaments.

“This year, I went directly to the Taber Minor Hockey Association and asked them to suggest a deserving team. They thought the Chiefs could use it and had a good chance of making it to the finals.”

The CBC film crew descended on the Taber arena Dec. 6 and filmed the boys introducing the game between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks, then continued to film as the players headed onto the ice for a scheduled practice.

The next Saturday, as mentioned, Scotiabank hosted a pizza supper for the Atom Chiefs at the Taber Golf Course, so they could watch Hockey Night in Canada as a group.

“It was really cool to watch the kids faces, seeing themselves on the TV. Twenty years from now, they’ll likely use this,” when one of these players makes it to the NHL.

The piece was broadcast on Scotiabank Hockey Night with Kids Dec. 10 and will soon be available for viewing at: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hockey tonightkids/winners/.


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