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The exhibition game between the Sackville Flyers midget A and B teams was held in honour of Rylee Sears, a 16 year old defenceman from the B team who died from bacterial meningitis last Monday. wholesale jerseys from china opening ceremonies and, because of a lack of seats, organizers had to turn some people away at the door.
Before the game, huge TV screens at centre ice showed family pictures of Sears as a toddler, in a Halloween costume, with a birthday cake and with his Flyers team.
There were prayers, a moment of silence, our anthem and Sears sister, Madison, dropped the ceremonial first puck.
Sears little brother, Josh, took part in that ceremonial faceoff and played with his older brother team.
He wore his brother name and number, 17, on his back. He wasn alone in that regard: every single player on both teams wore Sears name and number.
The stands were full of young players wearing their own hockey jerseys in support. Some young players came in from Tantallon, eastern Hants County and other locales.
Kim Gray, midget co ordinator for the Sackville Minor Hockey Association, said many people wanted to help the Sears family as soon as they heard the news. Players on the two midget teams came up with the idea of playing a game and the donations started.
actually had to turn volunteers away for the first time in my life, Gray said in a rinkside interview. not surprised because our community is so much like a family. provided audiovisual equipment for the pregame ceremony, companies donated security services and parking attendants, and Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore donated food.
Nicole Hobbs, manager of the midget A Flyers, said her players knew Sears from hockey, baseball or Sackville High School, where the 10th grader played on the volleyball team.
Hobbs said her players wanted to participate in something like this to offer their respects for Sears and his family.
totally honoured to be able to participate and to show their support for the Sears family.
Association president Jeff O said the turnout impressed him and the Sears family.
are just amazed with the support. I think it a very difficult time for them, and if this can help them in a small, small way, then they happy. scored the winning goal in the last seconds of the game.
He sat on the ice and waved his stick in a goal scoring celebration, where he was quickly joined by his late brother teammates.
After the game, players on both teams gathered at centre ice and rose their sticks in the air to salute the 50 or so members of the Sears family gathered in the rink.