The Huntsville Jr. C Otters hockey team joined forces with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation in an effort to raise funds for Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) in the community, while also winning both of their games this past weekend.
To raise the money, the Otters team hosted a spaghetti dinner on Friday night served by the players and dignitaries, including Mayor Scott Atchison, Tom Anselmi (Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment), NHL alumni Greg Theberge (Washington Capitals), Moose FM’s morning man Dustin Whitcomb, and Dr. John Simpson, Medical Director of Emergency Services MAHC.
(From left to right): Player Cam Russell, Katherine Craine (Htsv. Hospital Foundation), player Shawn
Antonides, NHL Alumni Greg Theberge (Washington Capitals ’79-84), Britta Gerwin (HHF), player Jamie Gee, Mayor Scott Aitchison, player Corey Miller, Cheryl Perry (HHF).
In total, the team served 200 dinners at the Active Living Centre, and had 358 in attendance at their 8:00 pm game against the second-place Midland Flyers. To top off the evening, the Otters won 8-3 on the strength of a four-goal night from Captain Jake McIntyre, while Kyle Burns recorded three assists.
The Otters kept the momentum going with a 5-0 win over the Erin Shamrocks on Sunday, moving into a tie with Stayner for third place in the standings with 23 points.
Young fans and hockey players enjoying their dinner before the Otters took to the ice against Midland
Moose FM morning man Dustin Whitcomb, mayor Scott Aitchison and Jr. C
President Monty Clouthier at the spaghetti dinner
“It was a marvelous event in support of Code Blue for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation,” said one of the event organizers.
Rookie Andy Baker continues to lead the league in scoring with 38 points (18 goals and 20 assists) in 18 games played, and was named Player of the Month for September. Captain Jake McIntrye is right behind Baker in fourth overall with 30 points (15 goals and 15 assists), while Kyle Burns is eighth (and first overall among defensemen) with 24 points (7 goals and 17 assists).
Larry Cowan of the OHA was on hand to present the Otter’s Andy Baker with the Player of the Month Award before a 6-2 victory over the Midland Flyers
The Otters next game is in Midland this Friday, November 20 at 8:00 pm.