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OPP Push for Change Hockey Challenge – Feb 18

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is organizing over 30 Hockey Challenge events across the province in partnership with local communities to raise awareness about youth homelessness.

Hockey Challenge events began in December, 2016, and will run through March. Sportsnet will produce a feature that will air on Feb. 18, Hockey Day in Canada that highlights the Hockey Challenge and the OPP’s involvement with The Push for Change.

As part of its community safety partnership with The Push for Change, the OPP is mobilizing and engaging with youth and various stakeholders in more than 170 community-based events such as hockey games, as well as SleepOut Challenges and community meals. These events raise awareness about the risk factors and vulnerabilities affecting homeless youth, while fostering positive connections between the OPP, youth, families, stakeholders and communities.

The Push for Change is a national awareness and youth empowerment campaign focused on ending youth homelessness. From May 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, Joe Roberts – a former street youth turned successful entrepreneur – is pushing a shopping cart 9,000 km across Canada to raise awareness of and end youth homelessness.

The OPP Push for Change Hockey Challenge helps create positive momentum and multiplies efforts to educate people about, and eliminate youth homelessness, one community at a time. Check out the listing of upcoming events for a Hockey Challenge in your community in the attached schedule.

Further information about The Push for Change campaign is available at www.thepushforchange.com. Further information about the OPP Push for Change community safety partnership may be found at http://www.opp.ca.

Feb.18 – Ennismore/Peterborough
Ennismore Community Centre, time to be announced

“Guns ‘N Hoses” OPP vs. firefighters hockey game

Push for Change Hockey Challenge Event Schedule

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is organizing Hockey Challenge events across the province in partnership with local communities to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Check out a Hockey Challenge in your community:

  • Jan.29 – Lambton
    Progressive Auto Sales Arena, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Law Enforcement vs. Lambton College Students
  • Feb. 2Kenora
    Kenora Recreational Centre, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Emergency Service Players vs. local high school boys and girls
  • Feb.3 – Kenora
    Location and time to be announced
    Lake of the Woods Minor Hockey tournaments
  • Feb.7 and 8 – North Caribou Lake
    North Caribou Lake Arena, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Youth hockey tournament
  • Feb.12 – Kirkland Lake
    Joe Mavrinac Arena, time to be announced
    OPP vs. Kirkland Lake Goldminers, Salvation Army and Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Feb.10 – Wilberforce
    Wilberforce Arena, 1:40 p.m.
    OPP Officers, local schools, Fire Department and community youth groups
  • Feb.14 – Collingwood
    Central Park Arena, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Public family skating hosted by Collingwood OPP Detachment, Rotary Club, Kids Helpline 211, Mental Health Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Collingwood Library and Home Horizons Youth Shelter
  • Feb.15 – Wawa
    Wawa Community Centre Arena, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Joe Roberts will speak at a game between Soo Thunderbirds and a local emergency services team where Algoma Public Health, Wawa Family Services and local schools will raise donations for the Wawa Food Bank
  • Feb.15 to 18 – Longlac/Greenstone
    Longlac Sportsplex, time to be announced
    OPP vs. students from three local high schools
  • Feb.16 – Meaford
    St. Vincent Community Centre, 1 p.m.
  • Feb.18 – Strathroy Caradoc
    Gemini Arena, Strathroy, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Stanley Cup winner Andy MacDonald of the Anaheim Ducks will play on the Alumni team, ex-NHL referee and former OPP Constable Don Van MassenHoven will referee, with Strathroy Rockets Jr. B team members on hand to sign autographs
  • Feb.18 – Brampton
    PowerAde Centre, 5:45 p.m.
    OPP vs. ETR members and 407ETR Members
  • Feb.18 – Kincardine/South Bruce
    Davidson Centre Arena, Kincardine, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Round-robin hockey tournament between OPP, Kincardine Fire and Kincardine Secondary School teachers and students with Stanley Cup winners Greg Devries and Boyd Devereaux, along with World Junior Bronze medalist Mark Bell
  • Feb.18 – St. Mary’s/ Perth County
    Canadian Centre in St. Mary’s
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Educational Awareness SleepOut Challenge
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Family Skate
    3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Perth County OPP vs. St. Mary’s Fire Department
  • Feb.18 – Dryden
    Dryden OPP Detachment, 8:30 a.m.
    Pancake Breakfast and boot hockey game between Dryden Eagles Girl’s Hockey team, OPP and Dryden Police Service
  • Feb.18 – Terrace Bay/Nipigon
    Terrace Bay Hockey Arena, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Hosted by OPP and Harvest Cupboard
  • Feb.18 – Ennismore/Peterborough
    Ennismore Community Centre, time to be announced

    “Guns ‘N Hoses” OPP vs. firefighters hockey game
  • Feb.24 – Thunder Bay
    Macgregor Recreation Centre, Shuniah, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Outdoor hockey tournament between OPP members and their families
  • Feb.25 – Sioux Lookout
    Sioux Lookout Arena, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Hockey game between OPP, Lac Seul Police Services, Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and firefighters
  • March 1Minden
    Minden Arena, 2 p.m.
    Game between OPP officers, local schools, fire department and community youth groups
  • March 3 – Haliburton
    Haliburton Arena, 1 p.m.
    Game between OPP officers, local schools, fire department and community youth groups
  • March 9 – Haliburton
    Haliburton Arena, 1 p.m.
    Game between OPP officers, local schools, fire department and community youth groups

These events help create positive momentum and multiply efforts to educate people about, and eliminate youth homelessness, one community at a time.

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