U18 Trackers hosting annual Christmas game and Salvation Army food drive Friday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC & Yukon Trackers U18 team hosts its Christmas game to collect food …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC & Yukon Trackers U18 team hosts its Christmas game to collect food donations for the Salvation Army Food Bank on Friday.

The annual tradition has enjoyed great success in recent years, with the exception of last year’s COVID-19 cancelled season.

“They’ve been doing this basically since the creation of the Trackers going back 8 or 10 years,” said City of Fort St. John Councillor Jim Lequiere.

In past years, students from local middle schools have shown up to donate to the food bank and cheer on the Trackers, making for a great atmosphere.

“It’s all about community involvement. I’ve been to a few of the ages over the years, and the place is literally rocking. Most of the Trackers have gone through the middle schools, and most of them are at North Peace Secondary now, so it’s a great community event.”

The Trackers are on a roll in the first half of the season. Through 15 games, they have 10 wins, two losses and three ties for 23 points, good enough for first place in the Milltech Group Division.

“That whole league, the competition is so stiff, and all the teams are so good, but every year that I’ve known about the Trackers, they’ve been in the top two or three.”

Forward Reid Arberry is tied for third place in league scoring with 27 points.

Lequiere says the food bank hopes to collect a few specific items to stock up on for the holidays.

“They’ll basically accept any type of dry food or perishable food. but for some reason, they seem to like tuna, chunky soup, coffee, and of course, toiletries like shampoo, laundry soap and stuff that families use on a daily basis.”

Lequiere added that this event is a win-win for the community.

“The Salvation Army Food Bank benefits from this. And the kids, just the camaraderie, the middle school kids, the high school kids, they all get to go together. We have two middle schools and a high school, and they don’t often see each other for weeks, maybe months on end.”

Warmup starts at 3:30 p.m. and puck drop is at 4 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.

For more information about the Christmas game and Salvation Army Food Drive, visit the NEBC & Yukon Trackers on Facebook.

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