KANATA STALLIONS WON IT FOR BRODIE
It was a great night at the KRC all around, a huge win on the ice but even a bigger win for the organization and Brodie Rafter off the ice.
With more than 1,200 fans in attendance, the Kanata Stallions put together their most complete game of the season and skated off with a well-earned 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Pembroke Lumber Kings.
The Stallions' inspired play saw them battle the league's second-place team to the end, outshooting the Lumber Kings 35-28. Kris McCarthy broke a 2-2 tie at the 4:14 mark of the third period, assisted by Philipe Doucet and Brett Ashton, to give the Stallions the lead. From there the club, backed by solid goaltending from Travis Wilkins, shut the Kings out the rest of the way for the victory.
A season-high crowd of 1,212 people attended the game to support Brodie and his family, the Kanata Stallions and Pembroke Lumber Kings, which provided $6000 to a generous cause.
A variety of fundraising activities took place during the game along with the 50/50, a silent auction, a hockey stick raffle and prize draw. Donations came in from CJHL teams, local businesses and there were T-shirts, bracelets and several other items for sale at the event.
A Calgary Flames Red Dione Phaneauf jersey was donated from Andrew Mercer Hockey Development. A&B Sports donated their day's skate sharpening proceeds to the Rafter family. The ODHA officiating team donated their time in order to eliminate the fees to be paid by Kanata for such a great cause arranged by John Russo and Lou Nistico, General Manager of the team.
John Russo, owner of the Kanata Stallions, was happy to donate his team's gate to help out the Rafter family. "It's going to a good cause," said Russo. "It's not about winning or losing on the ice. It's about a human being."
Brodie watched the game in his hospital room via webstream, where he is currently recovering from his latest treatment.
David Farnes, the organizer of Blazers for Brodie Week, hopes that the fundraising events will generate between $15,000 and $20,000 for the Rafter family.
The Kanata Minor Hockey Association ‘Blazers for Brodie' Week includes a number of fundraising initiatives in support of the family including t-shirt and wristband sales, and the KMHA Shootout at the Bell Sensplex Jan. 15-17.
Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so by making a cheque payable to Scott and Tracey Rafter, and mailing it c/o KMHA, 100 Walter Baker Place, Box 3, Kanata, ON, K2V 1A2.