Posted by Aldergrove Minor Hockey on May 28 2018 at 10:37PM PDT in 2018-19

Congratulations to Aldergrove Minor Hockey AND AMHA – Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association- this years recipients of PCAHA PRESIDENTS SERVICE AWARD!

A few years ago Hockey mum and Aldergrove Minor Hockey Alum Rhonda Bencze decided she wanted to help promote sportsmanship in the stands and came up with the Ugly Sweater Game.

Spectators were encouraged to come out to the Midget A1 game before Christmas, enjoy some Christmas Baking and wear their ugly Christmas sweaters. Both teams pre recorded Christmas messages/wishes that were played throughout the game and fans enjoyed hot apple cider, home baked goods and an overall feeling of community and holiday spirit.
The idea was that no one could be angry when their was shortbread!

It was decided to add a Fill the Net for Coleton Clause and Rykers Reindeer to the annual Ugly Sweater night.
Aldergroves Midget A1 manager Lindsay Thorley contacted the Abbotsford A1 manager as soon as the schedule came out and told her of the tradition. Abbotsford was more than happy to participate.
Both teams arrived at the arena with bags and boxes of donations, filled the stands with ugly sweaters and the net with donations!
This game, for both teams, was the lowest in penalty minutes played all season.