The Walleye’s (white) face off against the BC Rockies (green) this Saturday at Langley Sportsplex, starting at 6:15 p.m. (Haley Wood photo)

HOCKEY: Players have all been touched in some way by cause

Langley charity hockey team chooses to donate to BC Children’s Hospital.

by Alex Wilks/Special to the Langley Advance

The West Coast Walleye are once again raising funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at their upcoming game on Saturday (April 28).

The Langley hockey charity team will be taking on the BC Rockies, a deaf and hard-of-hearing hockey club that is based out of Port Coquitlam.

“When talking to the BC Rockies, [the cause] also means a lot to them as well, as many hard-of-hearing and deaf children spend a lot of time going to the BC Children’s Hospital,” explained founder and Walleye goalie B.J. Ayles.

“I consider the members of the BC Rockies friends and I am always blown away at the amount of skill that they have and play with.”

The 31-year-old hockey club member founded the team after playing alongside the CFox radio station’s hockey team late last year.

“I realized that the hockey community of the Lower Mainland would likely be very positive towards the idea of being a part of a team that benefits the BCCHF, as a majority of us have families or have had the children’s hospital touch our lives in some way,” he explained.

The team consists of players ranging from 19-years-old to their mid 40s and are all coming out to play for the same cause.

“Majority of our donations to date have come from players who pay for a spot on a per game basis,” Ayles explained.

The free family-friendly event will have goodie bags for the children and $1 raffle tickets featuring multiple prizes donated by Cariboo Brewing, Purdy’s, The Keg, SportsReplay, and the Vancouver Giants.

The Walleyes are also registered with the BCCHF and have an online page where people can donate directly through if they cannot attend the game.

“We have played against a few teams, at late night times, but have built a great relationship with Tracey Pope from the Langley Sportsplex, who donates the ice time to our teams to maximize our donation power,” he noted.

The puck drops Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at the Langley Sportsplex (20165 91a Ave).

“We just want the public to know that there are many ways to donate to the BCCHF, and we’ll do everything we can, with the amazing partners we have to maximize donations from every source we can,” Ayles concluded.

Just Posted

Langley overpass widening completed

The 208th Street overpass is now four lanes.

Tournament trip wraps up season for North Langley Peewee

North Langley Peewee players took part in Kelowna tournament.

Man airlifted to hospital following mushroom farm stabbing

Abbotsford Police speaking with two men from the scene

Abbotsford man faces charges in Delta hit and run

Five men were injured in the June 2017 incident in Ladner

Langley Township council candidate works with PuCKS

The newest candidate was born and raised in Langley.

VIDEO: AOK took Langley home and ‘made it amazing’

Volunteers did two weeks of repairs and retrofitting to make the Adam family house safe and livable.

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Surrey RCMP issue warning after third sexual assault since Sunday

It is the third sexual assault reported this week in Surrey

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Aldergrove students build community ties

Friendly baseball game between students and Langley Mounties enjoyed by all

VIDEO: Campers leave big mess at rural Vancouver Island campsite

Vehicle parts, garbage, a mattress, lawn chairs, beer cans, and even fecal matter left in the area

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Most Read