The West Kelowna Warriors hit the ice last weekend opening up their season with a couple of wins.
Then the team followed that by opening the season of community events this week, teaming up with the District of West Kelowna and Stutters Disaster Kleenup to make West Kelowna a cleaner place.
The entire Warriors team spent Tuesday morning in five major areas of Westbank and West Kelowna cleaning the streets and ditches of debris that piled up over the summer.
“It’s important for us to always be out in the community,” said West Kelowna resident and team captain Max French. “Since I’ve been here our entire team has enjoyed giving back to the community in any way possible. This is one where you can really see the impact we’ve made. I think it’s good for our fans and community to see that we care about more than just hockey.”
The players were separated into five different Stutters pick-ups and by the end of the day had managed to fill the trucks with large garbage bags.
“I think our players really understand what it means to give back to the community,” said Warriors director of business operations Andrew Deans. “Just recently chatting with the players I’ve found many of them are doing things outside of our normal busy hockey/community pace. One of our players drops in every Tuesday to the Boys & Girls Club just to spend time with some lucky kids. So today is just an extension of that. To show we do care about where we live, we care as a team.”
Deans added the Warriors will be busy the next month starting school visits and the whole team will be participating in the Maxine Dehart Drive-Thru Breakfast.
The Warriors will put its 2-and-0 record on the line this weekend and it will be a tough test against their closest rival. The Warriors host Penticton on Friday night at Royal LePage Place in its home opener after earning wins over Salmon Arm and South Surrey at last weekend’s BCHL showcase.
The Warriors and Vees will hit the ice at RLP at 7 p.m.