RCMP take part in a hockey game to raise money for safe graduate events at two schools in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

BERWICK, NS — Kings District RCMP officers recently laced the blades to raise funds for two local high schools.

The Mounties faced off with members of the senior men’s and women’s hockey teams from rural Central Kings High School and the Northeast Kings Education Center (NKEC). The money collected was used for the security activities of the school graduates.

“It’s a really great concept,” said Const. Kings District School Safety Officer Jeff Wilson. “It’s one night of the year when parents don’t have to worry about their children because everything is very much under control.”

Nik Kaizer of the Northeast Kings Education Center Titans hockey team shoots goaltender Const. Layla Fish of the Kings District RCMP as Const. Cody Smith defends April 25 during a benefit hockey game at the Kings Mutual Century Center in Berwick. -Jason Malloy

Safe graduation occurs after prom at Central Kings and after graduation at Northeast Kings. Wilson said the students spend the night together doing fun activities and hanging out with their friends.

The RCMP has been involved in fundraising for hockey games for about a decade.

“I think that just speaks to the relationship and partnership we have with schools and the H Division School Safety Officer program,” Wilson said.

Wilson, who played four seasons of college hockey at UNB and won a national championship with the Reds in 1998, said he enjoyed participating in both fundraising games. The RCMP added some ringers, Valley Wildcats Junior A players Ethan Kearney and Josh Crooks, for the game with the Northeast Kings.

RCMP won 8-6 over Central Kings on April 22 while Northeast Kings erased a 5-1 deficit on April 25 to come back strong and win 6-5, scoring the winner with 24 seconds left.

But the true measure of success does not come from the dashboard.

“Smiles on the faces,” Wilson said. “There are no losers here. Just look around and the students are probably playing their last game of the year.

He added that the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause was the purpose of the events. The April 22 game raised $1,400 for Central Kings while the April 25 contest raised $1,134 for NKEC.

Wilson said there is a standing offer to play at Horton High School and West Kings District High School.

Jason Malloy is the editor of the Annapolis Valley Register. He can be contacted by email at [email protected] and followed on Twitter at @JasonMa47772994.

Catherine J. Martinez