The Timmins Police Service, through an extensive screening process, had its best prospects lace ‘em up to take part in a charity hockey game last night at the Sportsplex.
TPS officers Darren McGaghran, Dani Durepos and Jon Minard completed a roster made up of local firefighters and OPP officers as well to do battle against the Timmins Flyers (TMHA – major midget)
Roughly 350 people turned out to take in last night’s tilt which was held as a charity fund-raiser for little Alyssa McGaghran, who is stricken with a debilitating condition that requires numerous and ongoing trips to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for treatments and assessments.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of those in attendance, over $13,000 was raised through cash donations, a 50-50 draw and a feverish silent auction.
Attendees, who paid an entry fee of whatever they deemed fit, purchased a seat, but only used the edge of it as the game was just that exciting.
Jon “mad dog” Minard displayed speed and agility and helped light the lamp for the TPS/Timmins Fire/OPP team, while Dangerous Dani Durepos maintained control of the neutral zone like a seasoned veteran.
Darren “cement hands” McGaghran skated like he had a Kenmore fridge on his back but still managed to provide excellent puck management skills and was voted “most improved player” by the scouts in the arena.
You’ve heard to the “odd man rush”…well this team believed in the “odd man nap” for the better part of the first period but pulled things together as the game went on.
Penalty trouble took its toll and the police team fell behind and despite a significant 3rd period frenzied effort, the Timmins Flyers emerged victorious with a final score of 8 to 7.
No one player was proven eligible for the Lady Byng trophy as the trash talk was fast and furious and not always PG -13 rated.
It isn’t easy to skate with an oxygen tank but that’s what was needed to keep up with the fast-paced ”glorified ankle biters” that make up the Flyers squad.