Firefighters clash with OPP in hockey game for Camp Bucko

It will be “Guns and Hoses” on ice, as Mapleton firefighters and Wellington County OPP officers face off in a charity hockey game here on March 23.

Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson says a team of about 15 local firefighters, himself included, has been assembled to take on the OPP squad.

“I don’t know how many they have, but they played a game with the high school kids  (a fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving involving Norwell District Secondary School students), so they should be pretty good,” Richardson noted.

The firefighters’ team, which is planning to hold a practice session prior to the big game, will include some pretty good skaters, said Richardson. As for his own prospects, he says, “I’m going to put on my skates and see what happens.”

All proceeds from the game, which begins at 5:30pm, will go to Camp Bucko, which provides an opportunity for children recovering from burn injuries to meet other children who share similar feelings and experiences in a camp environment.

“We’ve given to them before and it’s a good cause,” noted Richardson.

Admission to the game is by donation at the door.