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50 for 50

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To help celebrate our 50th anniversary season, the club and Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group have pledged to engage in 50 acts of kindness to give back to our community that has supported us for the past 50 years!

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1. Riley lends a paw at the Bells Corners Animal Hospital Rescue BBQ

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As a permanent resident of TD Place and a happily adopted member of the Ottawa 67’s family, Riley wanted to be sure to give back to some of his animal friends this year. On September 17, Riley pitched in to help raise over $2,000 for two local dog rescues at the VCA Bells Corners Animal Hospital’s 5th Annual BBQ for Rescue.

There were activities for everyone of all ages, two-legged and four! Some of the activities include microchipping, nail trims, kids’ games, human and pet massages, a famous bake sale and of course a visit from Riley the Raccoon to help some animals get adopted. Ottawa’s Mayor Watson was also in attendance to help support the cause!

Well done RILEY, your four-legged friends are very appreciative of your efforts as they continue on their journey to find their forever homes!

Want to lend a hand to this cause? Learn more about VCA Bells Corners Animal Hospital rescue partners Sit with Me Shelter Dog Rescue; Australian Shepherd Rescue of Ontario (AROO).

2. 67’s Welcome Season Ticket Holders to kick off 67:50 Celebrations at Coaches Corner

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With the 50th anniversary season opener inching closer, Kevin Bahl, Tye Felhaber, Austen Keating, Head Coach Andre Tourigny and General Manager James Boyd welcomed nearly 200 Ottawa 67’s season ticket holders at the annual season ticket holder pick up on September 19.

Select season ticket holders had the chance to enjoy food courtesy of Jack Astor’s Lansdowne and take part in a Q&A/meet and greet autograph session with the players, coach and GM. The voice of your Ottawa 67’s and TSN 1200’s very own Kenny Walls hosted a special edition of 67’s – Coach’s Corner to allow those in attendance to learn more about their favourite players!

This is just one of the many perks offered to season ticket holders annually. Learn more about on how you can obtain your season tickets and have access to awesome events like this!

3. Hudson Wilson and Austen Keating share life lessons with St. Patrick Elementary

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The 67’s are not just about signing autographs when it comes to meeting young fans. Going the extra mile and making sure to provide fun, engaging and educational life-lessons to Ottawa’s youth is always a focus when giving back.

Just days after the 67’s home opener, Hudson Wilson and Austen Keating went to visit St. Patrick Elementary School in Barrhaven to talk about the importance of healthy active living, character building, goal setting, teamwork & anti-bullying. They also delivered two free tickets to any 67’s home game of their choice as well a RILEY bookmarks to each student in the school make sure they never lose their page while reading their favourite novel’s this year.

Learn more about the Ottawa 67’s GOALS! Program.

4. Kyle Auger and Nolan Gardiner spread the power of literacy with Alta Vista Students

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For several years, the 67’s have strived to set an example for young students and promote the importance of literacy to through classroom and library visits. Throughout their youth, 67’s defenceman Kyle Auger and forward Nolan Gardiner have learned about the importance of reading and receiving a great education.

In hopes of sharing that same message they went to visit the students at Alta Vista Public School on October 10 and spent a morning reading some Brady Brady Superstar Hockey Collection books to the grade 1-3’s. They signed autographs for the students and provided each student in the school with RILEY bookmarks and two free tickets to any 67’s home game this season!

Learn more about the Ottawa 67’s Read to Succeed Program.

5. 67’s Street Hockey Surprise

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On October 11, Noel Hoefenmayer, Austen Keating, Hudson Wilson, Kody Clark, Kyle Auger and Riley The Raccoon headed into the community to surprise a young group of 6-10-year-old super fans. They had no idea that some of their biggest role models were coming to join them on a day off from school to play some road hockey at Boothfield Park in Riverside South.