Taylor Minor Hockey holding New Years fundraiser for new equipment

A photo of the half-boards in a pilot project in Ontario last year. Photo by Hockey Canada

TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Tornados are holding a New Year’s Eve fundraiser to pay for some new and wanted replacement equipment at the Taylor Ice Centre.

Novice team director Desirae Graziano wrote a letter to the District of Taylor, asking them to waive the rental fees to hold the event at the Taylor Community Hall. At Monday’s District Council meeting, council voted in favour of waiving the fees.

Graziano says that the fundraising event will be raising money to help with the cost of new equipment at the arena. At the end of August, the Taylor Minor Hockey Association needed to purchase a set of boards for the rink in order to accommodate new rules implemented by Hockey Canada this season. As of the 2016-2017 season, Hockey Canada requires that all Pre-Novice and Novice division games for players up to the age of 8 need to be played on a half-sheet of ice. The association needed to purchase the boards that can subdivide the ice, which cost a total of $7,941.71.

In addition, the association also wants to raise money that would go towards the purchase of a new scoreclock. Taylor’s Parks and Facilities director Troy Gould says that the current scoreclock was purchased by the District 23 years ago in partnership with PepsiCo. Gould says that the scoreclock has begun showing its age, and that arena staff did some rewiring work on the scoreclock at the end of last season after suffering numerous failures during the previous season. Speaking with Energeticcity.ca this morning, Graziano said that she was not aware of the rewiring work done on the scoreclock, but that the association would still like to get a new clock to reduce the chance of having future scoreclock failures.

More details on the fundraiser will be released by Taylor Minor Hockey in the coming weeks.