Windsor reservists celebrate Hockey Day in Canada with their community

Veterans David Parent and Ralph Mayville drop the puck at the annual Hockey Day in Canada: Army vs. Navy game
Veterans David Parent and Ralph Mayville drop the puck at the annual Hockey Day in Canada: Army vs. Navy game on February 9, 2019 in Windsor, Ontario. Photo: Joseph Migliore, DESTROYER Photography

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By Corporal Cody Misner, 31 CBG Public Affairs

The second annual Army vs Navy hockey game saw the Royal Canadian Navy take home the win 9-5. The real action though, was happening in the stands where over 600 members of the community turned out to watch local soldiers and sailors take to the ice. Compared to the previous year’s 150 spectators at an outdoor rink, the event gained momentum this year and showed no sign of slowing down.

The idea for this battle on ice was envisioned by Captain Brad Krewench, Commanding Officer of 2918 Essex and Kent Scottish Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and founder of Adopt-A-Vet, the non-profit organization that organized the game.

“We used to compete in floor hockey games between the local reserve Army units, and the Navy was always invited. We decided to organize a game to celebrate Hockey Day in Canada and bring our comradery to the community. It’s Canada’s sport in my eyes, and what better way to show the community that we are right here in the city,” said Capt Krewench.

Support from local business was tremendous. Family and friends showed up with handmade signs, children played with mascots Juno the polar bear and Sonar the puppy, while the Military Family Resource Center ensured the crowd had warm drinks for the game, all at no cost to the community.

After the game, the crowd in the stands strapped on their skates and took to the ice with soldiers and sailors from their city. It was an afternoon that Capt Krewench thought would have a lasting impact.

“We showed folks that reservists from the area are a part of the Canadian Armed Forces and the community. It’s nice to get out and remind everyone that even though we are trained and ready to knock on doors during fires, floods and ice-storms to make sure everyone is safe, we can also skate,” concluded Capt Krewench.

Image gallery

  • Veterans David Parent and Ralph Mayville drop the puck at the annual Hockey Day in Canada: Army vs. Navy game
  • Captain Brad Krewench, Captain of the Army team poses with his Coach, Major Andy Stewart, from the Windsor Regiment
  • Fans of the HMCS Hunter team, representing the Royal Canadian Navy
  • Spectators at the Army vs Navy hockey game hold up a cardboard sign that reads "Army Shmarmy"
  • Canadian Army mascot “Juno” the Polar Bear poses with Erin Jordan from the Military Family Resource Centre
  • PO2 Flannery and OS Lucier, of HMCS Hunter, pose with the Navy mascot “Sonar”
  • Members from Project Teal, a local organization that raises funds to support Veterans and First Responders with PTSD
  • Kelly Umbenhower, a member of the Board of Directors for Adopt-A-Vet
  • Navy recruiters and members of The Windsor Regiment pose with vehicles at their display outside the arena
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