Warriors coach jailed for charity

Westside Warriors head coach and GM Darren Yopyk spent Wednesday morning behind bars, but it was all for a good cause.

He was jailed outside of Bylands Nursery in West Kelowna as part of a fundraising effort for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Cops for Kids and other local Kinsmen supported charitable organizations.

After being charged with 'Sending Canadian born hockey players to U.S. Colleges,' Yopyk was arrested by the Keystone Cops and RCMP 9 a.m. in conjunction with the Westbank Kinsmen Jail-N-Bail.

Yopyk’s bail was set at $500 by a Judge and with the help of fans, family, co-workers and some Warriors sponsors, The Good Guys and Westside Kelly O’s, he was able to fundraise over $600.

The Judge gave Darren his pardon just after 10:30 a.m. this morning for reaching his bail/fundraising amount.

“At first I thought the goal of $500 was quite a bit of money to raise,” said the Warriors head coach.

“Thankfully, I had a lot of good people step up and help raise quite a bit of money for these good causes.  Getting handcuffed and put behind bars was definitely an interesting experience.  I’m just happy we raised so much money and I was able to get out of jail in a little over an hour.”

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater was also arrested along with other local celebrities and business owners.

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