By Dan McCaffery
The Sarnia Legionnaires may be in first place, but they couldn't have pulled off such a feat without the support of Sarnia Minor Hockey.
So says Tom Knight, president of the Jr. 'B' club.
Knight notes the slogan of the team is "Home Town/Home Grown." And it fits, because most of the Legionnaires are products of Sarnia-Lambton minor hockey teams.
In a bid to give something back, the Legionnaires are teaming up with Sarnia Minor Hockey this Saturday, Feb. 11 to stage the second annual 'Hockey Day in Sarnia' event.
As was the case last year, Legionnaire players will serve as "celebrity coaches'"at atom and novice house league games being played throughout the day at Clearwater and Germain arenas, as well as a minor midget contest at Sarnia Arena.
That night, when the Legionnaires host the LaSalle Vipers in a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League contest at the Sarnia Arena, minor hockey players from across Sarnia-Lambton who show up wearing their team jerseys will be admitted free.
It will be the only junior hockey game played locally this weekend because the OHL Sting are on a road trip.
"It's great to give back to the community and work with younger kids,” Legionnaire rookie rearguard Matt Cimetta said. He added he owes a lot to minor hockey, having been a product of the local system on his way up.
Daniel Nikandrov, another Legionnaire rookie, said the Jr. 'B' players get as much out of the volunteer work as they put into it. “We're excited, it's going to be a lot of fun,” he said.
Legionnaire general manager Bob Williamson said everyone is welcome to a “skate with the Legionnaires” that will take place following the LaSalle game.
As well, players will be available in the community centre at the Sarnia Arena to sign autographs.