After a weekend of scorching hot weather across the prairies it was a nice change of pace to cool off inside a rink to start the week. The Saskatoon Blades joined forces with Athabasca Basin Security for their 2nd annual Kids On Ice program at the Schroh Arena in Saskatoon on Monday.
Close to 30 kids were selected from remote communities from across northern Saskatchewan along with a handful from right here in Saskatoon to participate in the event. The children hit the ice with special guest, the Riverton Rifle AKA Reggie Leach, a legendary former NHL player who is a dedicated role model to youth in first nations communities across the country. Blades assistant coach Bryce Thoma and forward Gage Ramsay were also on hand leading the young players through drills while giving tips and pointers.
Following the on ice session was a luncheon where members from the Blades spoke about the important values learned on the ice that can apply to everyday life. Reggie Leach then closed things out with a brief speech and trivia session for the young kids.
“I have the opportunity to teach a lot of these young kids, I know how it is out there and what they’re going through,” explained Leach while talking about the challenges many youth face in Canada’s remote communities. Reggie preached a message of dedication and hard work. He also took time to sign autograph cards that included his personal email and cell number on the back, telling the kids if they ever need to someone to talk to that he will be there.
The Saskatoon Blades would like to thank Athabasca Basin Security for organizing the event and all the participants for a fun filled day.