The Glacier Kings celebrated Anti-Bullying Day in Gold River. Photo supplied

Glacier Kings share anti-tobacco initiative

The Comox Valley Glacier Kings junior B hockey team took its ‘show on the road’ to Gold River to celebrate Anti-Bullying Day. The team presented its Anti Tobacco/Tobacco Free Sports Initiative and spent time with students.

It was an extraordinary experience for many of the players, and most of the students and faculty of Gold River.

Players were assigned in pairs to each classroom, from kindergarten to Grade 7. The program that was presented is called the WITS/Leads program, a community-based approach to preventing peer victimization.

The team shared a pizza lunch with students and played floor hockey. At the senior secondary, the team watched a video presentation on residential schools. Players then delivered their Anti Tobacco/Tobacco Free sports presentation. The teachers and student then challenged the Glacier Kings to a competitive floor hockey game.

“It’s team bonding stuff,” said Glacier Kings GM and co-owner Marsha Webb. “It’s a different side of the program that I think is very good.”

•Saturday, Oct. 27 is the Glacier Kings and the Scouting Community’s fifth annual Warm Gear Toque/Mitten/Scarf toss in support of the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society. Warm gear will be distributed to those in need, to the Care-A-Van and to the Courtenay Library drop-in program. Donations of warm gear encased in plastic will be gratefully accepted on game night. The Yetis host Campbell River Oct. 27. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Centre. The toss will happen after the Kings’ first goal.

•On Oct. 31, team members will be at the CRA in Cumberland, helping decorate for a Halloween party.

•The team is holding a food bank drive in November.

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