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Hundreds of used and brand new equipment were on display and available for exchange or pickup during the Community Hockey & Figure Skating Equipment Drive that took place Aug. 25 at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex.

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Foothills Minor Hockey organized the event and the Junior B High River Flyers were in attendance to meet locals before the start of their season, which begins Sept. 10 against Okotoks.

The point of the equipment drive was to make kids have all the equipment they need for the upcoming season.

Melissa Pryor of the Foothills Minor Hockey Association (FMHA) who helped organize the event said that “as a hockey mom, this is a very stressful time for us.”

“We have to get all their equipment ready and all their school supplies and everything is kind of happening all at once.”

Everyone was invited and you didn’t have to belong to certain organization or even be on a team to grab the equipment you needed.

The Town of High River and High River Figure Skating Club also helped make the day happen.

Jenn Murray who also helped organize the event was pleased with how everything went.

“It all went fantastic,” she said.

“Everyone coming was bringing, and taking what they needed. I think it was a great community event that we hope to do again in the future.”

Being the first year of the equipment drive, Murray said they will have more tables ready next year and maybe ask people to drop off the equipment a day before, so there is smoother traffic inside in the arena.

All remaining equipment that wasn’t claimed was donated to the Calgary Flames Sports Bank to ensure it gets used.

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