Westside Warriors players may still be months away from the start of another B.C. Hockey League season, but that just means they have plenty of time to get out into the community.
And last week they did just that, attending a couple of public events and hosting hundreds of kids at another community gathering.
Warriors players, staff and coaches were at both Westside Tim Hortons earlier this week volunteering their services as the national chain held Camp Day at all its stores.
Camp Day is the one day a year when Tim Hortons restaurant owners across Canada and the United States donate every penny from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.
Warriors players Max French, Brett Mulcahy and Brett McKinnon offered their services at the local doughnut shops.
The two Bretts got to work in the kitchen, while French was cleaning people’s windows as they waited in line for their coffees.
Every time a coffee at Tim Hortons is sold on Camp Day, it helps send more than 14,000 kids, who could otherwise not afford it, on the camping adventure of a lifetime.
All children who attend one of the Foundation’s six camps are selected from within the communities where Tim Hortons Restaurants are located.
“We’re happy to donate our time and allow local youth the chance to have an experience of a lifetime,” added French.
In 2010, Camp Day raised more than $9.7 million.
The Warriors also hosted over 325 kids, 12 and under, that were registered with the Warriors First Stars program this year at the Lakeview Heights Community Hall for an afternoon of fun.
Eleven local Warriors players including Quinn Gould, Dru Morrison, Tyler Krause, Max French, Brett Mulcahy, Brett McKinnon, Travis Blanleil, Shawn Hochhausen, Brayden Sherbinin, Peter MacIntosh and Matt Cronin entertained the kids all afternoon.
First Stars members were presented with signed team photographs and a personalized signed t-shirt.
The kids spent the day playing hockey, basketball and playing in bouncy fun-centres with the Warriors.
And a couple of Warriors also took part in Bike to Work week as Tyler Krause and Brayden Sherbinin gave registered cyclists a chance to play a skill testing shoot-to-win game when they visited the Westside station set up for cyclists as part of the annual cycling week event.