Generals pay tribute to their moms

Oceanside’s Save-On-Foods Generals Jr. Hockey Club rolled out the red carpet

Oceanside’s Save-On-Foods Generals Jr. Hockey Club rolled out the red carpet prior to the start of last Saturday’s VIJHL game against Nanaimo, as the players presented pink roses, 30 in all, to their mom’s, billet moms and representatives from the club at centre ice.

Billed as ‘A Tribute To Our Moms’, the ceremony was in conjunction with the Generals’ Family Weekend and capped off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The club raised $337 that night for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“It’s an important issue and having the mothers out on the ice was great,” said club secretary Elizabeth Cudmore, adding any time a player can skate up to his mom and present her a flower is pretty special.

As part of the Family Weekend parents were bussed to the games in Nanaimo and in Campbell River.

“Primarily my job is just trying to take care of the marketing and promotions and I’m also the first point of contact for people. I also help out on some of the game day operations. I get to deal with everybody — the coach, the directors, the media, the players and the fans. It’s great.”

This is her second year helping with the club, and while she doesn’t have any kids playing minor hockey, she loves the game and wants to give back.

ICE CHIPS: Marino Somerville is the latest General to be rewarded for his efforts on the ice this year. The 17-year-old forward from Port Alberni will be playing up with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL this weekend. Somerville, who has a goal and five helpers to go along with 19 PIMs in 18 games so far, is the third Oceanside player to get the call for Jr. A ice time this season.

Gens’ head coach and GM Brent Demerais didn’t have much to report other than the team is in good spirits, working hard and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against the Campbell River Storm. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.