Vees host anti-bullying night Saturday

'Pink in the Rink' fills SOEC

Students and hockey players alike were having fun in pink at the fifth annual Pink the Rink night to support anti-bullying initiatives at South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday night.

Wearing pink jerseys, Penticton opened the game against the Merritt Centennials with lots of energy in front of a packed building. They got the crowd into the game early on with Colton Kalezic giving the home side a 1-0 lead just 1:22 into the hockey game. The goals just kept coming after that.

A record 13 schools came out for the event, wearing pink clothing and their school colours, filling the stands with posters, cheers and pompoms. Harvee the mascot was a big hit with kids.

During the first intermission, the Vees held a cheering competition where each school got a chance to show their loudest cheers and proudest spirit. After two rounds of cheers, Trout Creek Elementary of Summerland won the contest, bringing home a $1,050 cheque for the school courtesy of Cobs Bread Riverside.

Laura Carleton of the Penticton Vees said the club is very supportive of anti-bullying initiatives including visiting schools and sharing that message with kids.

With 4,415 in attendance, the Vees gave the audience lots to cheer about, shutting out the visiting Merritt Centennials in a fast-paced high scoring win of 5-0.

The Vees annual Teddy Bear Toss will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 against the West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used stuffed animal, a pair of socks, pajamas or diapers to throw onto the ice after Penticton’s first goal of the game.

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