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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!


1. Riley lends a paw at the Bells Corners Animal Hospital Rescue BBQ | September 17, 2017

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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 | September 19, 2017

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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 | September 26, 2017

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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 | October 10, 2017

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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 | October 11, 2017

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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.

 

6. Tye Felhaber & Matt Foget take over St. Anthony School Gym Class! | October 25, 2017

 

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Living a healthy active lifestyle is something the 67’s always aim to preach when spending time in the community with Ottawa’s youth. On October 25th, Tye Felhaber & Matt Foget headed over to St. Anthony Catholic School to take over a gym class for a fun and interactive morning of ball hockey. Each player captained their own teams with Team Felhaber coming out on top with an 11-7 win over Team Foget. The boys stuck around until the end of class to answer some questions, sign autographs and take pictures! They even made sure to leave each student in the school with two free tickets to any 67’s home game of their choice!

 If you want the 67’s players to take over your gym class, work on ball hockey skills or simply join a scrimmage game, check out the 67’s Gym Takeover program

 

7. 67’s, Riley get creative and carve for a cause! | October 26, 2017

 

 

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For over 38 years, Children at Risk has been helping children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders & their families in the Ottawa Region. October is Autism Awareness Month and to recognize this, Olivier Lafreniere, Team Cedrick Andree & Lucas Petric, Tye Felhaber and Riley the Raccoon each entered pumpkins into the 22nd Annual Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest for Autism Awareness. Each pumpkin was auctioned off for the cause!

 

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All proceeds from the event went towards funding community-based special projects such as summer camp, Camp Kaleidoscope, family support groups, information seminars and educational training workshops. To date, this event has raised over $140,000!

 

 

Pumpkins were also submitted by Ottawa Redblacks Coach and Autism Awareness Champion Moton Hopkins, Big Joe and the Grey Cup Festival along with members of the Ottawa Fury FC.


8. Seva Losev and Cedrick Andree Trick or Treat with BBBSO friends at 67’s Halloween Game | October 28, 2017

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While Seva Losev & Cedrick Andree didn’t dress for the home tilt against the Saginaw Spirit they sure spread the Halloween spirit with new friends from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ottawa.

Prior to the game, the boys met up with Matthew and his “Big Brother” Jason as well as Karim and his “Big Brother” Michael, to trick or treat around Lansdowne to collect all sorts of goodies! The afternoon experience was topped off with tickets to the game for everyone, autographs and a group visit to the Haunted Hallway for a few more halloween spooks!

Learn more on how to become a mentor, volunteer, or donate with BBBSO.

9. Hoefenmayer, Chmelevski, Keating, Felhaber spread Halloween spirit at CHEO | October 31, 2017

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Not every child has the chance to go out and Trick or Treat on Halloween night, so why not help bring halloween to them? On the morning of October 31st, Sasha Chmelevski, Noel Hoefenmayer, Austen Keating & Tye Felhaber along with their good friend Riley the Raccoon headed over to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to help give out some treats and celebrate halloween! Children of all ages received 67’s pucks & mini-sticks and tons of autographs for their goodie bags as they made their way past the player’s station. Happy Halloween from your Ottawa 67’s!

 

10. 67’s – CAA Community Practice – South End Minor Hockey | November 4, 2017


It’s rare the 67’s get a Saturday off but you can bet they kept busy in the community completing their 10th act of kindness this season. Just after noon hour, the entire team hoped on a bus and headed over to Jim Durrell Recreation Centre to join the boys and girls of South-End Minor Hockey Association for their very own 67’s Community Practice presented by CAA. Kids of all ages from the IP level to Atom level had the chance to practice on the ice with their favourite players and 67’s assistant coach Norm Milley.

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Following their ice session, the South End Minor Hockey players had the chance to take pictures and get autographs and all went home with their very own Ottawa 67’s mini stick and CAA foam pucks!

Want to have the Ottawa 67’s visit your minor hockey association, learn more about the Ottawa 67’s Prospects program.

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