Victoria Grizzlies players Cole Pickup

Grizzlies go ‘below the belt’ for prostate cancer fundraiser day

Sunday's BCHL game against Trail will feature various fundraiser options for fans

Regular watchers of the Victoria Grizzlies won’t be surprised Friday (Nov. 21) and Sunday to see the normally black-and-gold clad skaters don powder blue jerseys.

The new gear has been part of the Grizzlies’ B.C. Hockey League home games all this month, as it pays tribute to the Movember fundraising efforts for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

During Sunday’s game against Trail at The Q Centre (2 p.m. start), the game-worn mustachioed bear jerseys of players Cole Pickup and Storm Wahlrab will be auctioned off at the game as part of Movember Mustache Madness, a day of fundraisers co-ordinated by the team and the Victoria Grizzlies Booster Club. The rest of the blue jerseys will be auctioned off online to raise more money.

“Our slogan is, ‘In Support of Men’s Health, Go Below the Belt,’” says Grizzlies office manager Vickie Macilroy. “I would love to make it over $10,000 raised.”

Macilroy worked with the folks at sporting goods supplier Bauer to design the jerseys, which also feature the distinctive blue necktie logo for prostate cancer fundraisers, and the discarded ideas for the bear mustache along the sleeves.

Fans are encouraged to wear blue for the occasion, which will also feature 50/50 draws and a silent auction of plenty of great donated items, Macilroy says. Donations can also be made through the Grizzlies’ Movember page at http://ca.movember.com/team/1519249

Funds raised will go toward the B.C. Cancer Foundation but stay local, she adds. The players are even involved, as virtually all are playing in honour of someone in their lives who is or has battled cancer.

“The boys have blue name tags above their stalls and they each wrote on a slip to say who they’re playing for this month,” Macilroy says. She wasn’t surprised at how pervasive cancer is in touching the players’ families, but says she was pleased at the participation level. “All but two players wrote down a name.”

Pickup, for example, is playing for Zack Downey, a longtime friend who passed away from cancer at 18 earlier this year.

The Grizzlies, coming off a 5-4 road win over the Clippers in Nanaimo last night, host their Island rivals Friday night at 7 p.m.

Grizzlies partner with Santa’s Anonymous

For all home games at The Q Centre until Dec. 13, Grizzlies hockey fans have a chance to pass along new, unwrapped toys or clothing for Christmas hampers to be assembled and distributed through CFAX Santa’s Anonymous next month.

Donations can be placed in a green bin to be located inside the arena during games, while a truck from the Two Burley Men moving company will be parked outside collecting items for its Stuff the Truck Christmas charity campaign.

As well, the Grizzlies Booster Club will feature its annual teddy bear toss at home games for the next month, with all bears going to families in need. Call 250-385-1555 for more details about the various fundraisers and events.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Cyclist without helmet thrown onto windshield in Oak Bay

Despite damage to bike, cyclist uninjured following accident

Annual UVic Xmas tree sale goes on despite loss of beloved tree farmer

Mike Fleming of Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm partnered with students for annual fundraiser for nearly 20 years

Victoria tech companies donate record-breaking weight of food

VIATEC’s 16th annual food bank challenge raised $45,224.40 for Mustard Seed

City of Victoria responds to blind community’s B.C. Human Rights Tribunal case

The Canadian Federation of the Blind says bike lanes can be dangerous

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

One of Tori Stafford’s killers transferred to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Union says arrows and gasoline tossed at striking Comox Valley assisted living workers

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith says arrows and gasoline were thrown at the picketers early in the week

Most Read