Over 1,750 people watched the Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs pick up three out of a possible four points last weekend against the visiting Grande Prairie Storm.
The two teams, who sat four points a part entering play Friday night, put on back-to-back entertaining games for the fans with Grande Prairie taking the first game 4-3 in a shootout and Bonnyville winning the second game 4-0.
The highlight of the weekend came on Saturday night when the Pontiacs hosted over 200 military personnel and their families from 4 Wing Cold Lake for the team’s annual tribute game to boost the attendance over 1100 fans.
“It is the first time we have had this connection with the club and it was great,” said Lt. ‘Duff’ Gowanlock, acting Wing Commander for the night. “Having the military community intergrading with the local community in Cold Lake and Bonnyville, the Lakeland, is so important.”
Bonnyville, who suited up in special camouflage jerseys, entered the ice through a military protective arch, to the tunes of a “super piper” and then were treated to the playing of “O Canada” by the military band.
“It was a fabulous game. Certainly, they outdid themselves and the reception for the members of 4 Wing was outstanding. It was a real pleasure. We had over 200 people (from 4 Wing) here tonight. Members and families and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely,” said Gowanlock.
Over $10,000.00 was raised on the sale of the jerseys which will be donated to the Bonnyville Health Foundation at their Annual Hospital Gala in February.