The puck drops on the annual Niedermayer Hockey School Staff Charity Game tonight at 7 p.m. at Western Financial Place Arena.
Already featuring the likes of brothers Scott and Rob Niedermayer, special guest and former Kootenay Ice star Jason Jaffray will also lace up the skates in support of the Niedermayer Family Fund, which supports a number of charities in the Cranbrook area.
Entrance into the game is granted by donation.
Edge Hockey facilitates the annual hockey school and according to owner Peder Lodoen, the charity game alone has raised as much as $1,500 in previous years.
“We want people to realize that hockey is fun, it’s supposed to be a game,” Loeden said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s not about what hockey can give to you. Just go out there and have fun.
“It doesn’t matter what level you ever play to. Scott and Rob [Niedermayer] are out there, NHL players…and then you have plugs like me who are just playing for fun. I love every time I get to strap the blades on.”
Lodoen expects a high-octane, offensive affair through two 30-minute periods of hockey.