Mounties and firefighters will lace up their skates and take to the rink to raise money for pediatric cancer on Thursday.
Const. Brett Henderson is organizing this year's Guns and Hoses hockey match for April 4, 7 p.m., at the Langley Events Centre.
A former rider and four-year volunteer with the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley bike ride, Henderson is looking forward to a rematch with the team composed of Township firefighters.
"We're trying to get the cup back, because they beat us last time," Henderson said.
He'll be trying to hold the score down as the goalie for the police team. On the ice will be a host of Langley and Surrey RCMP officers, along with officers from some of the Lower Mainland's integrated units.
On the firefighter's side will be right winger Terry Litven.
"I was on shift last year and I couldn't [play]," he said.
The former junior hockey player is excited to be able to play this time.
"Repeat of last year," he said of the expected outcome. "I hope, anyways."
In 2012 the firefighters won in a spirited match.
While there will be plenty of friendly competition, the main goal is to collect money for pediat-ric cancer research and patient support.
Cops for Cancer raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society, and it's one of the few charities that directs its money to a specific group of patients - children.
Money raised for the annual fall bike tour of the Lower Mainland goes towards research, but also into projects like Camp Goodtimes, a summer camp in Maple Ridge for kids who are in treatment or have already survived their diagnosis and treatment.
While the subject matter is serious, don't expect the game to be.
Henderson and the other players are hoping for a fun evening thanks to a lot of help from volunteers and donors.
There will be facepaint-ing for kids, the Langley Minor Hockey players will take to the ice between periods of the adult game, and the LEC concession will be fully open for snacks and drinks.
Pastime Sports and Games will have a booth set up for a silent auction and sales of hockey memorabilia. The owner is donating 20 per cent of proceeds to the cause.
Last year the event made $6,500, and Henderson is hoping to meet or exceed that amount this year.
"People are so generous, that's why I like doing this," Henderson said.
To attend the game, simply show up after 6 p.m. and before the puck drops at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Entry is by donation.
"There are 4,000 seats," Henderson said.
To learn more about the Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley and the efforts they support, visit www.copsforcancerbc.ca.
@ Copyright 2013