A member of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks girls PeeWee team takes the puck up the ice. (Kristal Burgess photography)

A member of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks girls PeeWee team takes the puck up the ice. (Kristal Burgess photography)

Silverbacks PeeWee girls hockey team fundraising for WickFest

Festival will include opportunity to meet Olympian and event namesake Hayley Wickenheiser

The newly rostered Salmon Arm Silverbacks girls PeeWee team is in need of funds to participate in an Olympian-hosted hockey tournament in the Lower Mainland.

The team has been selected to play at the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, also known as WickFest, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. The festival consists of a tournament that sees games played across multiple age categories and includes several professional development activities. Participants also have the chance to meet the festival’s namesake, decorated Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser.

Read more: Salmon Arm Peewee Rec Silvertips place first in division rankings

Read more: Salmon Arm fans not filling seats at Silverbacks games

Only recently enough players were added to the roster to form a team so the group has not had time to host a tournament of their own – a fundraising opportunity that could have brought in $3,000 to $7,000.

Entering the tournament itself costs $2,000, and the team is asking for $5,000. The remaining funds would go towards the 15 team member’s transportation, food, lodgings and, if the budget allows, professional development activities not included in the tournament cost.

Team members, whose ages range from 11 to 14, have been fundraising on their own but are still far behind their goal.

“Our girls have been hustling; they did a really lucrative bottle drive and they’ve also been selling coupon pizza cards, but we’re so far away from our goal of paying for this tournament,” said team manager Hannah Spencer who has a daughter on the team.

Read more: Salmon Arm Silverbacks return to top spot in Interior Division

Read more: Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ recruitment process changing for the better

“The girls are excited, we were really hoping this would happen for us. Everybody was thrilled when they found out.”

Spencer said the team has turned to public fundraising as parents of the players have already made significant financial contributions to the team. If you would like to make a donation you can find the fundraiser called The Face of Hockey in Canada on Facebook.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Larch Place is the first building to be built in the BC Housing, Canadian Mental Health Association housing project at the corner of Third Street SW and Fifth Avenue SW. This view is from the Shuswap Street side where it sits behind the Graystone East building. (File photo)
Opening of doors at new housing development in Salmon Arm welcomed

BC Housing announces opening of 32 rental units, with 35 more expected in summer 2021

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2020, especially in the Okanagan - Shuswap. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES photo)
UBCO program increases drug checking availability in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon

January 2021 data shows of 95 opioid samples tested across Interior Health, 93 contained fentanyl

Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>
CODEanagan gives youth a chance to learn about technology

The youth, aged 12 to 21, built their own WordPress sites and developed blogging ideas

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

Okanagan patients will benefit from the recent inclusion of the Medical Arts Health Research Group in a worldwide study with the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study will be a global collaboration for finding better treatments for COVID-19. (File photo)
Okanagan research group involved with finding better COVID treatments

Okanagan Medical Arts Health Research Group invited to collaborate in global study

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

The booklet roots present day activism in the history of racist policies, arguing the history must be acknowledged in order to change. (CCPA)
New resource dives into 150 years of racist policy in B.C.

Racist history must be acknowledged in order to change, authors say

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, before she knew she would change literature. Photo Wikipedia
And Then There Were None

What book knocked your booties off when you were young?

A webinar on dealing with dementia will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (Submitted)
Webinar on dementia scheduled for March 10

Okanagan residents invited to event on legal issues surrounding dementia

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

Most Read