With one home game remaining before the Christmas break (Friday, December 20 vs Windsor) the Sarnia Sting would like to take the opportunity to thank their fans for the overwhelming support in helping the Hockey Club give back to the Sarnia-Lambton community to those who need it at this time of year.
Christmas is a time for giving and this season the Sarnia Sting dubbed their home games from November 20th – December 14th as their “Season of Giving.” An opportunity, with the support of the loyal fans the Sarnia Sting can give to those who need it most at this special time of year.
Sting Owner & Head Coach Derian Hatcher comments: “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to use our platform to help give back to those who may need a little help at this time of year. It is our duty to give back to this community that continues to support us and on behalf of the entire Sting organization I would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to these initiatives. “
November 20, 2019– Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 the Sarnia Sting took on the Flint Firebirds in a mid-week clash. The Sting skated away with a 6-4 victory on home ice and helped kickoff the Salvation Army Kettle campaign with a donation at Centre ice from Sting captain Ryan McGregor. Kettles were placed at all entrances of the building, Sting fans generously donated any amount they were able, on their way into the game.
November 24, 2019 – 1st Annual Sarnia Sting Toy Drive Presented by North Kent Mutual Insurance
Sunday, November 24, 2019 marked the first annual Sarnia Sting Toy Drive and in partnership with NKMI, Sting fans did not disappoint. Together we were able to collect 551 new toys to be distributed through the Salvation Army Christmas hamper program. Sting ownership Derian Hatcher, David Legwand along with Sam Bitten and Ryan McGregor personally delivered the toys to the Salvation Army.
December 6, 2019 – 22nd Annual Sarnia Sting Teddy Bear Toss presented by Lambton Ford.
Over the past 21 years the Sarnia Sting in partnership with Lambton Ford have helped donate over 67,000 stuffed toys to help make sure every child has a present on Christmas and on Friday, December 6th the 22nd annual Teddy Bear Toss did not disappoint. Sean Josling scored the coveted goal which sent 4,050 stuffed bears flying! The collected toys will now be distributed to local charities in the Sarnia-Lambton region in time for the Holiday Season. Last year a record total of 18 different local organizations were the recipients of the donated stuffed animals with those groups being served once again with this year’s generosity within the community.
Factoring in the contribution of the toys that hit the ice at Progressive Auto Sales Arena, on December 6th, Josling’s Teddy Bear Toss goal added to the overall number of stuffed animals collected over the 22 years of the event bringing the total number of donations to over 67,000 since its inception.
December 14, 2019- K106.3 Christmas at the Hive in support of the Inn of the Good Shepherd.
The “Season of Giving” was capped off with a wild one on Saturday, December 14th against the Mississauga Steelheads. A little Christmas magic sparked the comeback as the Sting climb back on multiple occasions to win 7-6. The boys were outfitted in “Buddy the Elf” themed uniforms which were all auctioned off following the game with the proceeds to support our local Inn of the Good Shepherd. Five select jerseys were involved in our LIVE post game auction which raised $5600 alone, the remainder of the jerseys are available for bid online at auction.chl.ca Fans were also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game and place them in the donation bins upon entry, just over 1100 pounds of food were collected and distributed back to the local “Inn” food bank.
The Sting will wrap up the first half of the season this Friday night (December 20th) with a big tilt against division rival Windsor Spitfires. The puck is set to drop at 7:05, score your seats by calling the Mainstreet Credit Union Sarnia Sting Box Office at 519 541 1717 or shop online at sarniasting.com