As the first half of the 2018-19 OHL season came to a close last week, members of the Petes headed to their respective hometowns to join their family and friends for the holidays.
For netminder Hunter Jones, going back to his hometown of Brantford meant the opportunity to give back to the community that he grew up in. Along with other hockey-playing friends John Parker-Jones, Holden Wale (Soo Greyhounds), Emily Rickwood (NCAA – University of New Hampshire), and Nicole Kelly (PWHL – Etobicoke Junior Dolphins), Jones hosted a public skate aptly named ‘Shutout Hunger’.
“I really wanted to help out our community in Brantford this year, and I thought since we do a lot in Peterborough, I could host my own community event in my hometown,” commented Jones.
With support from sponsors, Jones and friends were able to provide two hours of public skating to the Brantford community on Saturday, December 22. In return, they asked participants to bring a non-perishable food item that would be donated to the Brantford Food Bank.
Jones estimates that nearly 200 people took part in the skate. They collected more than 250 canned goods and raised over $650 in cash that will be donated to the Brantford Food Bank.
“The food drive was perfect for this time of year and I’m so happy for all the support we got from the community,” added Jones.
Hunter, John, and the rest of the Petes are back in action on Friday, December 28 when they visit the Kingston Frontenacs at 7:00pm. They return to the Peterborough Memorial Centre to host the Mississauga Steelheads at Saturday, December 29 at 7:05pm. Tickets are available through the Collins Barrow Box Office in person, over the phone at (705) 743-3561, and online.