NORTH RUSTICO – Plans are in place for the Razzy's P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League All-Star Game here on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Junior C all-star logo
A team of league alumni will face off against the 2013 Razzy's Junior C Hockey League All-Star Team.
A portion of the proceeds from the game will go to support former Charlottetown player Kyle Osmond, who is undergoing cancer treatment and is unable to play in his last season of junior eligibility. Osmond has told the league that he will be on hand for the game.
"He (Osmond) told me he's looking forward to the game and appreciates the league's support," said league commissioner Jared Doucette. “It's great he could take the time out of his busy schedule to make the night a little more special.”
Game time at the North Star Arena is 7:20 p.m., and there will be a donation box for Osmond at the door.
The league has received lots of interest and support in the weeks leading up to the game. Almost all costs of the game have been donated, including the game's referee, Jeff Affleck, who is a former junior C goaltender for Morell and Montague in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Affleck currently officiates several league games as a Hockey P.E.I. official.
The game's title sponsor, Stella Maris Credit Union, has covered other costs of the game, including ice time.
Doucette will captain the alumni team.
“Most of our players have been out of the league for a number of years, and once you’ re out of junior that's pretty much it for your competitive career,” said Doucette. “There are a few who are playing senior hockey, but most are playing rec./pickup for their hockey fix, which is just not the same, so this will be a fun opportunity.”
The alumni team will have a former league coach, Paul (Bruno) Bernard, behind the bench. The coaching staff of the league-leading Southside Lynx will lead the All-Star team.
Bernard coached the Charlottetown junior C team to several Island and Atlantic championships during his tenure as coach in the late 1990s and early 2000s.