Guns Prepare To Take On Hoses to Benefit Terrace Area Kids

John Crawford

For the 10th year running, members of the Terrace RCMP and local fire fighters will be lacing up the skates in order to help local kids get involved in sports.

The annual Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game will take place in just over two weeks at the Terrace Arena -- and both sides are now busy preparing for the match.

[PHOTO:   2017 Terrace Guns and Hoses Game -- Marek Tkach CFTK-TV]

The "Guns" -- members of the RCMP, wearing the green uniforms in last year's contest at the Terrace Sportsplex (above) --  versus "the Hoses" --  Fire Fighters from Terrace, Thornhill and other departments -- dressed in red.

The "Hoses" took last year's game rather convincingly, 6-1, but over the years, the "Guns"still have the edge -- but none of the participants lose sight of the real reason for the game, and that's to raise money for Canadian Tire's Jump Start program, which helps local kids get involved in physical activities -- and for the participants to have some fun.

"When we decided to start this game in 2009, the RCMP got board right away and we've been doing it ever since -- Jump Start raises money for local kids so every dollar raised stays for a local kid in need and it helps kids get off the couch, get them active in sports, all sorts of things so it's a really great charity to be involved with," said Captain Jeffrey Minhinnick of the Terrace Fire Department.

RCMP Constable Landon Edwards agreed, saying "it's a good event for the community -- it's all about having fun, raising money for the kids -- I'd be lying if I said we don't wanna win, we got beaten last year, we'd like to get a little bit of payback, but we'll see how it goes."

[PHOTO:   Preparing for 2018 Guns & Hoses Game in Terrace]

The police officers and the fire fighters all say they enjoy interacting with each other and with the community in less traditional ways than they normally would through their respective jobs -- and certainly the crowds respond.

The tickets are only five dollars each, and the game draws a large audience each year.

And Canadian Tire Terrace Manager Bryan Gascon says there's lots to entertain them -- in addition to the game itself.

"We usually have the Tim-Bits, they have a quick game between periods, and that's always entertaining -- we have something called the puck toss: you purchase a puck and the puck that ends up closest to centre ice wins a fantastic prize package, courtesy of Save-On Foods and WestJet."

Tickets for the Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey game are available at the Terrace Fire Hall, the RCMP detachment, Canadian Tire or at Save-On Foods.

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