Langley-based Giants auction off Don Cherry jerseys for charity

Vancouver Giants wore Don Cherry jerseys at Tuesday night
Vancouver Giants wore Don Cherry jerseys at Tuesday night's game, an effort that ultimately raised more than $12,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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A game of hockey in Langley has netted the Kidney Foundation of Canada more than $12,000.

The Vancouver Giants, who this year moved their home base to the Langley Events Centre, hold a series of special charity and community outreach nights throughout the season.

On Tuesday, in their latest game against the Victoria Royals, they emerged victorious – but not just on the ice.

Off the ice, they managed to parlay that night into a windfall for the kidney foundation with their Don Cherry Night.

The team wore Don Cherry-themed jerseys, that were later autographed and auctioned off.

The auction closed last night (Thursday), and marketing director Brendan Batchelor was stoked to see the final numbers.

An original Don Cherry ensemble, complete with a signed Don Cherry jacket, shirt, and tie – which he wore during the 2016 World Cup Championships – fetched the largest donation of $1,801.

There was also another jersey, inspired by custom-made Don Cherry inspired jersey – also signed by the 83-year-old retired hockey player turned coach, turned Canadian ice hockey commentator and writer. It brought in the second largest bid of $770.

The rest were team jerseys, the top one bringing in $661 for James Malm’s game jersey, Ty Ronning’s fetched $660, Tyler Benson’s brought in $540, Aidan Barfoot’s raised $450, Calvin Spencer’s fetched $440, Dan Tendeck’s brought in $405, and Jeff Rayman’s and Dawson Holt’s jersey’s raised $400 each.

When all the items were auctioned off, Batchelor boasted a tally of $12,102 for the cause.

Vancouver Giants are playing in Kelowna tonight against the Rockets, and will play their final home game of the year on Saturday, March 18 at the LEC – again up against the Rockets.

That is their fan appreciation night, with the face-off is at 7 p.m.

For tickets, click here or call 604-444-2687.

Defenceman honoured

In other news, the Vancouver Giants announced Friday that prospect defenceman Bowen Byram was being named the Top Defenceman in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League’s midget prep division for the 2016-17 season.

The 15-year-old blue liner finished the regular season with five goals and 24 assists in 20 games with the Yale Hockey Academy.

Byram has suited up in 11 WHL games for the Giants this season.

Vancouver drafted the Cranbrook native with the third overall pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft.

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