Sept. 12, 2016; Liverpool, NS: The hockey season officially gets underway at Queens Place Emera Centre Saturday evening, September 17th featuring two local teams, the O’Regan’s Subaru Western Hurricanes Major Bantam hockey team and the Liverpool Privateers Junior B Hockey Club. The Liverpool Privateer game will have special significance as the organization joins with the Region of Queens Municipality in honoring and celebrating the efforts of the community’s volunteer firefighters by hosting a Firefighter Appreciation Night.
“The efforts of our volunteer fire fighters and Dept. of Natural Resources fire crews are valued every day, but this summer’s fires in North Queens was a testament to their strong dedication, care and commitment to keeping our community safe,” said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “There were so many involved in fighting the wildfires, and many of the volunteer fire fighters did not return to their regular job for more than two weeks, spending much time away from their own homes, devoted to keeping our community safe. For this, and for their year round efforts, the community is grateful. We hope to see many turn out for the Firefighter Appreciation Night at Queens Place Emera Centre, to show their support of the contribution that our residents make to our community.”
Among the activities planned to highlight the firefighters are the ceremonial puck drop at 7:30 p.m. with several Fire Chiefs and Firefighters, and during the second intermission, selected volunteer Firefighters will play Shoot for Jimbo’s Cash. During the game, fans will also have a chance to support Queens Mutual Aid with ‘Pass the Boot’; all contributions will be welcomed.
“The Liverpool Privateers have been welcomed wholeheartedly into the community, and are pleased to be back in Liverpool at Queens Place Emera Centre for our third season,” said Jim Bottomley, Team Owner. “To be able to recognize the contributions of the firefighters and help to support them is very important to our team. We are happy to be part of this event, and hope to see many of our fans turn out to show their support.”
Fans of hockey will be excited to know that Sept. 17 features two games of great hockey action, with the Major Bantam O’Regan’s Western Hurricanes taking the ice for their first home game of the season at 5 p.m., playing the ACCEL Hawks. The Liverpool Privateers will face off against rival Glace Bay Miners at 7:30 p.m. for the Firefighters Appreciation Night following the Hurricanes game.
Admission for the O’Reagan’s Western Hurricanes game is $5, with those under 14 admitted free, and for the Liverpool Privateers game, admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Queens Place Emera Centre is located at 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool, NS.