First responders battle it out on the ice for charity

The Co-operators C6 Arena will be host for an epic hockey game between members of the Regina Police Service and Regina Fire and Protective Services. The Extreme Hockey Battle of the Badges charity game will return for the first time in over 20 years and will support the SCEP Centre.

“It took place I believe 25 to 27 years ago; that was the last time we did it and we thought we’d bring it back this year,” stated firefighter Jay Ott.

The game pairs up the Hydrants and Hearts charity with the SCEP Centre for the Hearts and Home initiative. The SCEP Centre has recently purchased a new home to support their programs and needs. Hearts and Home aims to help the SCEP Centre upgrade the yard around the new home to make it more safe and user friendly for their clients. In a way, it’s a yard makeover. The SCEP Centre in Regina is an organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth and children who have complex needs. They offer guidance and supports to parents of kids and youth who may be going through difficult times.

This year’s event is already sold out, however organizers are now thinking about next year and how to make it bigger and better at the Brandt Centre.

“If we can go bigger and better all in the name of charity then we can make that much more money and do that much more good work within the community,” exclaimed Ott. “We thought we would start with the Co-operators, it holds around 1200, and we have sold out this year. If things go well and feedback is well received we absolutely would love to take to the Brandt Centre next year.”

Ott admits the game will be competitive and maybe a little aggressive, but is confident members will remember they’re playing the game for a good cause. The puck drops at 2pm on Saturday, March 30th and will include a 50/50, raffles, and prizes.

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