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25 Feb 15

February 25, 2015

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Russell D-Boyz raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes research

The Fire and Ice Hockey Tournament featuring Ottawa Senators Alumni players against the Russell Township Firefighters raised $6,800 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Sun., Feb. 8, at the Russell arena. Shown here are Spartacat; Kerry Winnimore of JDRF Ottawa; Maxime Breault, Connor Laurin, Hunter Laurin and Braden Barnes who make up the Russell D-Boyz; Brian King of Lafleche Environmental Services, Sparky, Jamie Laurin, and Brad Marsh of the Sens Alumni Association. Submitted photo

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — The Fire and Ice Hockey Game featuring Ottawa Senators Alumni players against the Russell Township Firefighters was described as “a great day had by all,” by Jamie Laurin, who is father to two of the Russell D-Boyz who organized the event, held Sun., Feb 8, at the Russell Arena.

The ceremonial puck drop featured D-Boyz Braden Barnes (Russell Warriors Peewee House B goalie), Hunter Laurin (Casselman-Embrun Ice Dogs Peewee Major Rep B forward), Maxime Breault (Ice Dogs Peewee Minor Rep B forward) and Connor Laurin (Russell Warriors Novice House B player). These four boys live with Type 1 Diabetes and play minor hockey in Russell Township.

They had the idea to hold a hockey fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and invited the Sens Alumni and Russell Firefighters to meet in an exhibition hockey game. Both teams brought mascots Spartacat and Sparky and other supporters. The arena donated ice time for the event, which 200 people attended.

A silent auction, raffle and autograph signing were part of the line-up, and $3,800 was raised with an additional $3,000 from Scotiabank’s matching funds program making a total of $6,800.