A charity campaign to support a family that had lost seven children in a Halifax house fire seven months ago is today at the BMO Center in Bedford, N.S. taken into account.
The ride was organized by Jillian Saulnier, a Halifax Olympian who is a member of Canada's national women's hockey team, as well as the Montreal Canadiennes team of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
The proceeds of the event go to the Barho family, a mother and father whose seven children died in a house fire in Halifax on February 19.
The father was severely burned in the house fire and has undergone several rounds of skin transplants.
Saulnier, 27, said she knew she wanted to do something to help the family.
"I'm from Nova Scotia," she said. "My heart is here, and, you know, we're all family in this province, and when I heard this tragedy, I just felt so much for this family," she said.
The fundraising campaign continues with the blessing of the family.
The event runs from 3 p.m. until 6 pm There is a public skate at 3.30 pm. and a moment of silence for the children at 4.15 pm. After the moment of silence, a charity hockey game starts.
In addition to the game, there will be a silent auction and all the money from the event will go to the Barho family through the Hants East Assisting Refugees Team Society.
Saulnier said the amount of support that organizers have received for the auction has been "absolutely amazing".
"I'm not surprised, you know, the hockey community and this province is great and this country is great. People come together in times of need and love and that's exactly what we see."
Hockey fan and jersey collector Robert Hodgins only traveled from Toronto to the auction. He paid $ 2,000 to hook a signed Saulnier sweater.
"When you saw something like a Jill Saulnier game-worn Montreal Les Canadiennes sweater, I definitely had to come out," he said.
"But I also support the case. If you discover that people who are new to Canada escape the war and then die in a house fire, I thought we could do the least, since the Canadians support such causes."
An online auction – with items such as drawn jerseys, an all-inclusive flight package to and from the Clarkson Cup, Montreal Canadiens tickets, Toronto Blue Jay tickets – has been running for more than a week.