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Rapids sauce free hockey gear to aspiring Crosbys

July 5th,2024 | Sports

The Paugan Falls Rapids hockey team have hosted many youth-oriented events in the past, according to director Nolan Peck. Photo courtesy: Ryan Peck

Gatineau Hills youth hockey players – here’s your chance to “gear up” for free. 

Organized by the Paugan Falls Rapids hockey team and Next Shift Hockey, the “Gear up for glory” event on the Heritage Hall lawn in Low on July 6 will provide new or lightly used hockey equipment for free to youth aged three to 18. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

“[Next Shift] is going to come in with their trailer full of gear, giving kids an opportunity to select [equipment],” said Paugan Falls Rapids director Nolan Peck about the non-profit organization whose goal is to get youth involved in hockey through financial assistance opportunities and equipment donations. “And anyone who has stuff that they can bring to exchange or give away can do that as well.”

It’s all in the spirit of helping young players get started or continue the sport, which can be expensive for families. 

The Rapids want as many families in the hockey community as possible to attend this event, and let their kids check out the gear selection. 

Peck stated that several of the Rapids players and the team’s new mascot – Ronnie Rapid, the beaver – will be there to take photos with kids as well. 

According to the Rapids goaltender and Next Shift goalie coach Aidan Foley, hockey is a sport that teaches resilience, discipline, teamwork and “so much more” – which is why he thinks this event is important to the Gatineau Hills hockey community. 

The Rapids have a history of hosting events in the Gatineau Hills, not only to promote hockey but to address various other issues such as mental health. The team has hosted talks at schools such as Wakefield Elementary in the past. 

Peck said the team is looking forward to organizing another youth-centred activity in October in partnership with Be and Become, a youth counselling and mentorship organization based in Venosta. 

At this fall event, the Rapids will hold a friendly scrimmage against youth players in the Low arena, with the potential for free gear to be given out that day as well.  

Peck stated that there is no specific formula for the way that these events are organized. 

“It’s mostly just as we hear about things [in the community] that we try to take an involvement,” he explained. “We’re just [aiming] to be good citizens.”

He said that, ultimately, the Rapids are more than happy to promote hockey-related events within the Gatineau Hills community as it reflects their own passion for the game.

Season tickets on sale

The Paugan Fall Rapids have also launched their season ticket sales for the upcoming season. Residents can purchase a season ticket for $90, or they can purchase a season ticket and a replica jersey for $180. Both options can be purchased at pauganfallsrapids.com 

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