Senators, Mounties and Parliamentary security officers braved the cold and took to the Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill on Monday, December 18, 2017 to play hockey against 25 youngsters from the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est who were attired in brand new hockey gear.
The equipment was donated by the National Hockey League Players’ Association ‘Goals and Dreams’ fund to the Parliamentary Protective Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Hockey Program ‘Come Together — Tous Ensemble’ program, which provides deserving young children with hockey equipment so they can share the joy of playing Canada’s defining sport.
Senator Leo Housakos dropped the puck to get the match underway.
“Hockey is more than just a game,” said Senator Housakos, whose sons are avid players. “It’s a source of pride and passion, lifelong friendships and, of course, it’s a lot of fun.”
“Thank you to the National Hockey League Players Association for their generous donation of equipment. Who knows? In 10 or 15 years from now we might hear an interview with a NHL player talking about this day and the thrill of getting their new equipment and taking to the ice on Parliament Hill.”