Statement to the House of Commons

November 08, 2012

Mr. Speaker. On November 1, I hosted my sixth annual Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville.

This charity hockey match features former NHL stars, local dignitaries and Members of Parliament on the ice, raising money for the United Way of Leeds Grenville.

The game ended in a tie but I am pleased to report that the real winner was the United Way as we raised $112,000 for their campaign.

I want to thank the donors who made this game and its results possible. I also want to thank the fans who came out to support this great cause.

I want to thank Cystal Sled and executive director Judi Baril of the United Way for their tremendous organizing efforts.

And special thanks go to former NHL star Doug Smith who was the Honourary Chair of the event.

The event was held in Athens this year with the support of that community’s council headed by Mayor Herb Scott.

And finally George and Kevin Tackaberry of Tackaberry and Sons deserve special mention. They made a very large donation and then topped it off to bring the total to $112,000.