WINCHESTER – The North Dundas Minor Hockey Association scored big with their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Sat., Nov. 3 at the Joel Steele Community Centre.
This was the fourth year for the fundraiser, and organizers added a wrinkle. Coach Tylor Copeland invited the Ottawa Senators Alumni team to come to their rink and take their chances against the association’s talented coaches. The Senators accepted the challenge.
After the game, spectators moved upstairs to enjoy a spaghetti dinner served by Winchester Hawks players. There was also a silent auction. Senator Chris Neil offered organizers a signed sweater for the auction in a show of support for the fundraiser.
The game was fun to watch. There were end-to-end rushes, by both teams and near misses as well at both ends of the rink. While the Senators managed to post a 15 – 8 victory over the speedy NDMHA team of coaches who called their team the Demons, the outcome of the match was not always predictable.
The crowd, along with children’s favourite, Spartacat, did their best to cheer on their favourite team, but it was difficult to avoid a rushing Neil scoring whenever he had the opportunity.
Despite the score, all the minor hockey players in the association were the big winners.
Barbara Menard, chair of the spaghetti committee, said organizing the afternoon lunch was possible because of all the people who helped out. There are 15 teams in the organization and each team volunteered to be responsible for one aspect of the lunch. She said 600 people registered for the dinner.
Peter Forrester, the president of the NDMHA was pleased with the result of the afternoon event. The Senator Alumni game was a new idea for the fundraiser and it made a difference. “I hope to do this again,” he said. “The fundraiser is bigger than last year.”
The funds raised on Saturday will go toward development programs for players, referees and coaches.
“It helps to keep the fees down,” said Forrester. “We have lots of support from the community.”