Novice team members Bryson Reaney and Carter Thorne show off the raffle tickets that are being sold to aid the team.

Novice team members Bryson Reaney and Carter Thorne show off the raffle tickets that are being sold to aid the team.

Golden Rams Novice hockey team holds raffle for minor hockey

The Golden Minor Hockey Association Golden Ram Novice hockey team is holding a raffle for a great prize.

The Golden Minor Hockey Association Golden Ram Novice hockey team is holding a raffle for a great prize.

“We are doing a fundraiser for the team. The prize is two Calgary Flames tickets plus $300 in a prepaid Visa,” said team manager Kathy Thorne.

There are only 800 tickets for sale for the raffle that will aid the team going forward.

“We use it to help pay for tournaments which cost anywhere from $600 to $900. We try to do fundraising so we can pay for tournaments as a team. The other thing we do as a group is to put money away to use towards the registration costs for next year. We are trying to encourage player retention for the group,” she said.

Thorne added she sees hockey as a great way for children to have fun at this age.

“Being part of a team is good for their self esteem. It is not about winning at this age. It is good exercise for them and they are starting to learn how to make decisions in the game. They are building their basic skills.”

Tickets will be on sale until March 31 and will be on sale at the team’s home tournament on Feb. 9-10.

The home tournament will give people the chance to take part in a silent auction.

“We will have Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks autographed pictures. We will also have a signed Ryan Smyth jersey. There are two day lift passes for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Revelstoke, white water rafting and themed gift baskets.”