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‘Just an incredible feeling’: Northern Manitoba hockey team wins nationwide contest

Brittany Hobson
A pee-wee hockey team from northern Manitoba has 15,000 reasons to be happy.

On Monday, The Pas Huskies were announced as this year’s winners of Chevrolet’s Good Deeds Cup, awarding the team $15,000 for the charity of its choice.

Jerome Conaty, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said the news came as a shock for the kids.

“They almost didn’t fully understand what was happening,” Conaty told APTN Monday. “They were pretty ecstatic once it all sunk in.”

The contest, in its second year, was open to pee-wee teams across Canada. Teams were required to make a one-minute video advocating for a charity in their communities. Videos were posted to Chevrolet Canada’s YouTube page, and the one with the most views won.


The Huskies beat out nine other teams for the coveted prize.

The team chose Oscar’s Place, the town’s only homeless shelter, as its charity of choice after volunteering there last December.

Conaty says the team originally volunteered as part of a team-building exercise and it snowballed from there.

“We went from wanting to volunteer there for a few hours and just by fluke and the stars aligning we found out about the contest and entered,” he said.

Last fall, The Pas Friendship Centre announced it would be closing the shelter due to a lack of funding.

Several people stepped in to form a group called Stand Up for Oscar’s Place Inc. The group fundraises to help keep the shelter open.

Money will go toward basic necessities such as food, dishes, cooking appliances and bedding, Louise Dewar, a volunteer with the group, told APTN last month.

“For us it would mean taking a look at buying cots,” she said. “We do think it’s important because we get some elderly gentlemen here, and [they] sleep on the floor.”

Chevrolet and Hockey Canada will present The Huskies with its winnings during a special televised event taking place in The Pas in early March.

The Huskies video garnered approximately 45,000 views from across Canada.

“We’re from a small town. We have like 12 kids on our team. The Pas has 5000 people. Our hockey association is pretty tiny,” said Conaty.

“To get this kind of response is pretty incredible. Just an incredible feeling.”

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3 Responses to “‘Just an incredible feeling’: Northern Manitoba hockey team wins nationwide contest”

  1. Radjdd@icloud.com'
    Rodger March 4, 2018 at 6:09 am #

    I’m living in Edmonton now and have been following this story for a while.
    A lot of people here just can’t understand how The Pas club did this and my answer was generally –if your team (Oilers) had the support these kids did they’d be first in their division.
    Proud of your team and The Pas

  2. patrobinson00@hotmail.com'
    Pat Robinson March 1, 2018 at 12:28 am #

    People were responding for The Pas Huskies from all across Canada. These kids did a fine job with their video and then again when they did a food drive for the homeless center during The Pas trappers festival parade, They then made another fine meal for the center. During that time they also did a flash mob painting the town red.. For their services and winning the Good Deed Cup they earned $15,000 for this charity. This money is so needed by Stand Up for Oscar’s Place Inc. a group of volunteers that feed app 30 people every night. This past weekend I was shown a picture of the freezer for this center which was bare except for a couple of chickens. All food has been donated and has to be gathered on a regular basis . This center is still at risk of closing near the end March and may yet . But these kids have brought tears to my eyes several times this last few weeks I am so proud of all of them and their coaches, for their compassion and team strength with their Good Deeds, they deserved this win

  3. djmensies@live.ca'
    Dave February 27, 2018 at 1:33 am #

    Now that’s a story that should go national!! With all the bad news about northern communities this is a good one to hear about!