It’s not often police like to face a group armed with sticks, but at the first ever Ontario Shores All-Star Scrimmage, they did just that.
Teams from Durham Regional Police and Ontario Shores enjoyed an afternoon of fun and camaraderie during a ball hockey game that pitted our officers against some patients and two special players; former NHL players Keith Acton and Dennis Maruk.
“I am extremely proud of our partnership with Ontario Shores and all the work that they and our officers do to help break down the barriers and build relationships with those dealing with mental health issues,” said Chief Ewles.
After two hard fought periods and an entertaining skills competition, the Ontario Shores team came away with the victory.
The DRPS Mental Health Support Unit worked with Ontario Shores to organize the game and hope there will be many more to follow. “We wanted to create a positive experience for everyone involved and being active contributes to both your physical and mental wellbeing,” said Cst. Scott Logan of the DRPS MHSU. “We look forward to our next game and maybe taking home the trophy.”
Special thanks go out to the Durham Regional Police Association, Tim Hortons - Whitby Shores Plaza, the Ontario Shores Volunteer Association who all supported the event.
ball drop (JPG file, 38.6K bytes)
The ceremonial puck drop (JPG file, 460.0K bytes)
Cst. Ryan Mintz saves a tough shot from Dennis Maruk (JPG file, 442.4K bytes)
Our DRP team (JPG file, 471.5K bytes)