First responders in Strathcona County are hitting the ice for a good cause on Friday (Apr. 21) night.
Local firefighters, paramedics, and police officers are playing in a charity hockey game to support the family of Constable Harvinder Singh Dhami, who was killed in a collision while responding to a call earlier this month.
Nathan Gauvreau, with the Strathcona County Professional Firefighters Association, says they try to do this type of event every now and then.
"It's something we have done for years prior and have done it for different charities," said Gauvreau. "It's been something that has been storied."
It's been quite a sombre week in the county after Constable Dhami's regimental funeral took place on Thursday (Apr. 20). The hope is that this game can act as both a way to come together and have fun while also celebrating Dhami's life.
"We obviously have been going through a bit of a rough time in the last few months in Edmonton and the first responder's community," said Gauvreau. "We decided that the fundraiser charity hockey game would best served to go towards [Dhami's] family and the GoFundMe page."
"We thought, 'Hey, what a great way to get together our community of responders and the community.' The outpouring of support and kind words have been felt."
The game will be at the Sherwood Park Arena with a special opening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. and an 8 p.m. puck drop.
People who want to watch and support the game will be asked to give a cash donation as their admission.
After the game, the money will be pooled together into one big donation for Dhami's family.
To make a separate donation to Dhami's GoFundMe, click here.