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Opening Doors for Children & Families

Rink of Dreams

What is more Canadian than pond hockey??? The answer = absolutely nothing. Alright of course this is a debatable subject, there's the maple leaf, the toque, the CANADIAN goose (wait unless that goose is called something else in other parts of the world...hmmm???) But hockey is pretty darn Canadian. It is the unofficial official national sport. I bet people in other parts of the world would think you were joking if you said that hockey isn't actually the official national sport of Canada.

Once I was in New York on a boat touring around Manhattan. I was sitting by this lovely couple from New Jersey. The thing I loved most about them was their accents, I could listen to them talk for hours. They asked me where I am from and I said Canada. Their first question back was "Do you know any people who play hockey?"

I paused for a second not really knowing how to answer that. Of course I know people who play hockey, who doesn't?! So my response was, "Yep most of my cousins play minor hockey and really everyone enjoys a game of pond hockey!" (Except for me, I was graced with little athleticism - my sister stole those genes away, I just sit on the sidelines and cheer and I'm very content with this.)

"Oh so you know Wayne Gretzky!" They responded with enthusiasm.

I laughed and laughed and then realized they were serious so I replied, "Well no, I don't really know anyone that plays in the NHL." They thought this was very strange and thought all Canadians are friends with famous hockey players and that all Canadians are some how related to NHL Super Star Wayne Gretzky. Next time I think I'll go along with it...

So it was to much delight of everyone here at ABC Head Start when Super Star Weather Man, CTV's Josh Classen, called and informed us that he had chosen ABC Head Start as his charity to support in the Rink of Dreams. Rink of Dreams is an Edmonton charity shoot out with all money going to support the charity of the participants choice. We are so grateful out of the thousands of charities Josh Classen could have chosen, he chose ours. Not only is he a true community supporter, he is one of the nicest, most sincere individuals and really just a genuine guy!

To prove that Josh does not control the weather, due to the frigid temperatures the Rink of Dreams semi-finals and finals have been postponed until January 25, 26, 27. Please feel free to come out to the CTV studio's to cheer on our goalie Josh, on behalf of ABC Head Start. It's been a fun and successful event thus far, and ABC Head Start would lile to thank Josh Classen and CTV for their support! GO JOSH GO, ABC's CHAMPION!

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