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Update - Red Deer “Battle of the Badges” charity hockey game raises funds for Humboldt Broncos

April 25, 2018 11:46 AM

Thanks to amazing support from the community, the epic “Battle of the Badges” hockey game between Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) on April 20 raised approximately $35,000 for the players and families of the Humboldt Broncos.

The event began with a fundraising barbeque in the Servus Arena parking lot, followed by a silent auction and raffles for several high-end prizes including a signed Connor McDavid jersey valued at $2,500.

The hockey game kicked off with a ceremonial puck drop by Deborah Carpenter, the sister of Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan, who lost his life in the collision. Between the first and second periods, Thomas Miller performed a tribute song he wrote after the tragedy; Miller is a scout for the Red Deer Rebels.

At the end of the second period, RDES was up on the RCMP team by one goal, but Emergency Services rallied in the third period to end the game with a score of 10 to 5 for Emergency Services.

“The community support was stupendous in every way, between donations, offers of service from volunteers and a truly heart-warming community turnout at the game,” says Superintendent Ken Foster of the Red Deer RCMP. “Among our own members and among the public, we kept hearing that people felt the need to help in some way. This event gave people the opportunity to take action and send that message from Red Deer to Humboldt that we stand with them in their pain.”

“As a new comer to the Community, I am overwhelmed by the support that this City gave. I was equally impressed by the degree of professionalism and pride that all the players showed throughout the event”, says Chief Ken McMullen, Emergency Services Manager. “What may not be as well known, was the fact that this all came together in a matter of days and for that we need to thank and recognize the volunteers from both services that put a tremendous amount of effort forward to ensure the event’s success.”

RCMP and RDES thank the community for their support, and will publish a full list of event sponsors soon. All funds raised will go to the victims and families impacted by the tragic collision. Superintendent Foster would also like to extend his thanks to Constable Kyle Smeltzer, Constable Greg Douglas, Kevin Stelmaschuk and Mark Stadnick and for their work in proposing and organizing this charity game.

 

Media contacts:

Superintendent Ken Foster
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034 

Chief Ken McMullen
Red Deer Emergency Services Manager
403-356-2455 

BACKGROUND:

April 13, 2018

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer Emergency Services and Red Deer RCMP are hosting a charity barbeque, hockey game and silent auction at Servus Arena on April 20 to raise funds for the Humboldt Broncos following the tragic collision in Saskatchewan last week.

“Battle of the Badges” will begin with a community barbeque at 4:30 pm in the Servus Arena parking lot at 4725 43 Street. Attendees can buy a burger, pop and chips for $5. The hockey game begins at 6 pm in the Servus Arena, with admission by donation. Red Deer RCMP Victim Services volunteers will sell 50/50 tickets and operate a silent auction during the game, featuring tremendous auction items from a variety of generous businesses and individuals.

“This sort of tragedy hits close to home for everyone, not just first responders,” says Superintendent Ken Foster of the Red Deer RCMP. “We all have connections to youth and sport, and this charity hockey game is an opportunity for the community to come together and express our collective sadness and support for everyone affected by the terrible loss of so many young people.”

“Our hearts are with the community of Humboldt and everyone affected by this tragedy,” said Ken McMullen, Emergency Services Manager. “The impact of this tragedy is profound and we’re honoured to stand alongside our RCMP colleagues to show our support for Humboldt Broncos.”

Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services thank the community for coming together in support of this charity event. All funds raised will go directly to the victims and families of the Humboldt Broncos.

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Media contacts:
Superintendent Ken Foster
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

Chief Ken McMullen
Red Deer Emergency Services Manager
403-356-2455

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