EKBI fundraiser pits minor hockey players against emergency squad

The East Kootenay Brain Injury is hosting a fun-filled hockey game with Golden Minor Hockey facing off against the Golden Emergency Force.

The East Kootenay Brain Injury is hosting a fun-filled hockey game with Golden Minor Hockey facing off against the Golden Emergency Force.

“This will just be a fun event to create awareness, and teach people about prevention of brain injuries,” said Debbie Gudjonson, the Columbia Valley outreach worker with EKBI.

The only way to cure a brain injury is to not have one in the first place,  so the EKBI does everything they can to promote prevention. And a large part of prevention is wearing a helmet.

“There have been a lot of injuries in the area with kids who weren’t wearing helmets,” said Gudjonson. EKBI often uses helmets as giveaways for contests and draws they hold, and have been very fortunate with local businesses helping them purchase those helmets.

“The great thing about the helmets that we get, is that they’re cool. And it’s much easier to get kids to wear their helmets if they’re cool,” said Bryan Dean, a volunteer helping organize the hockey game.

Dean has suffered from brain injuries himself, and now that he is dealing with the long term effects, he is determined to make sure it doesn’t happen to other people.

This family event is bringing Golden Minor Hockey on the ice with local emergency service personnel, including police, fire, and search and rescue.

“I think the kids will have a really good time playing against them,” said Gudjonson. “We’re gearing up for a really fun event.”

There will be hot dogs, a prize table, speakers and much more. Donations at the game will go directly towards ensuring that services are available in the community for people living with brain injuries.

The game is on March 19 at the Golden Arena from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.