The Subway Selects Bantam AA girls may have a chance at going for the gold at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival, but they’ll need some help getting there – $25,000 worth of it.
The girls held a fundraising barbecue at the Aberdeen Sobey’s on Saturday and funds raised through the sale will help cover the cost of flights for the players, insurance and entry fees as well as other incidental costs.
The Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival – otherwise known as WickFest – is held in Calgary and is the largest female hockey tournament in the world.
Hockey grandparent Louise Nichol explained that the trip has “been in the works for quite some time” and said while teams do not have to qualify for WickFest they do have to apply, and apply early.
Nichol said the Subway Selects will be the only team from Atlantic Canada to take part in WickFest but they will see a familiar face in Calgary.
“They will see Blayre Turnbull out there,” Nichol said.
In addition to playing for the Canadian national team Turnbull, who is from Stellarton, plays for the Calgary Inferno who are the current title champions in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
The Subway Selects team will be holding an additional fundraiser later this month in the form of a comedy show featuring comic Dan Hendricken which will be held at the Wellness Centre.
The Subway Selects hockey team held a barbecue Saturday to help raise funds for the team’s trip to Calgary to take part in WickFest. Here, Cassie Clarke, 14, and Hayley Nichol, 13, both of Pictou, helped fund raise for their team. (Cameron photo)