Editor, White Cover Magazine
(*A name correction has been applied from the original copy, posted at 3:38 p.m. PST on Friday, March 1, 2013. We apologize for our initial error…)
There ain’t nothing like a Final Four, and March is certainly the month for it.
For most, it means St. Patrick’s Day crowded around a TV with their ProLine tickets in hand, watching a No. 2 overall seed get dropped by the Bucknells or Norfolk States of the world. For the Semiahmoo Ravens A1 Midget team, it’s another challenge to look forward to. The Ravens begin their hopeful and final climb to B.C.’s provincial championship this Saturday, but it’s only one in a series of challenges they’ve faced this year.
Early in their 2012-sprung season, the Ravens learned that their assistant coach’s wife, Torrie Thomsen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband, Kellen, shaved his head to support her a few weeks ago and, on February 8, the rest of the team followed suit.
“Obviously, she doesn’t get the choice to keep her hair,” said Jesse Grist, a forward on the Ravens’ A1 Midget squad. “I think it’s a great opportunity to show that we’re behind him in this.”
“It’s a big deal for a lot of hockey players to have good hair and stuff, but to know we did it for a good cause makes it feel a lot better,” said Connor Wong, a Ravens defenceman.
“A lot of it’s about the team, and this whole thing, which makes it fine because everyone’s doing it as a team,” said Wong. “We thought, if he could sacrifice (his hair) for her, then we could sacrifice anything for him, and for her.”
Every one of the Ravens’ players Bic’d it for the camera, and they went door-do-door and held a 50/50 during their February 9 game. The result was $2,646, all of which was donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
(*Photos of the team and their cheque presentation are below.)
The players saw it as an opportunity to support a mentor. The result was a united squad that now faces off against three teams from Langley, Cloverdale, and Seafair (from Richmond) in their season’s final faceoff.
The top two teams head to B.C.’s Midget A1 provincials.