Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Posted by martin.parnell |

Sometimes you just have to give it a go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. As Wayne Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. On Canada Quest for Kids we took 10 shots and scored 9 times.

Sue and I had breakfast at the Gower House then I headed off to the Capital Hyundai Arena to meet up with Jared. He was there with his Dad Mike, Myfanwy co-organizer of the event and a group of Right To Play volunteers. At 9.00am the first players started to come in and the record breaking attempt got under way.

I was on the first line with Peter Soucy AKA Snook. Peter is a Newfoundland comedian, actor and radio host. We played 10 minutes then the next group came on the ice. This was a team from a junior hockey association in St. Johns and it was great to see the kids enjoying themselves. During the morning, media from CBC TV, CBC Radio, NTV, St. Johns Telegraph-Journal newspaper, and VOCM BackTalk came in. They interviewed myself, Jared, Myfanwy, the referees and a number of the junior players.

At midday we were running low on players and everyone was on twitter and face book trying to get participants out. We were all putting in long shifts to keep the game going in the hope that we would get a surge by early afternoon. After six hours of hockey we were down to three on three plus the goalies. The last player to join us was 8 year old Jack. His Mum said that he really wanted to be part of the game and was thrilled to get on the ice. We played for 30 minutes more and Jack scored 10 goals. At 4.30pm Jared called the game and the attempt was over.

Chatting to Jared and Myfanwy afterwards they were disappointed but are keen to build on this. They have created a big awareness of Right To Play in St. Johns and want to use it as spring board for the future. As I told them, in life you have to “Give it a go” and they certainly did that.

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