Revelstoke provides the Grizzlies with the cash they need for the provincial championships
By David F. Rooney
The Revelstoke Grizzlies fan base came out in droves on Tuesday to ensure that the team had all the money it would need to get down to Vancouver Island for this weekend’s BC Provincial Junior B Championships.
Co-owner Mike Roberts said Monday he found out at 3 am on Sunday that the team was going to have to pay a big chunk of their expenses for the tournament.
“Man, I thought it was going to be free,” he said Monday.
The team simply didn’t have enough cash to lay out for the five-day trip to the island and cover its other commitments.
News of the team’s predicament spread rapidly. Spurred on by statement from the team’s Cheryl Fry and Head Coach Troy Mick, stories on The Current and EZ Rock swiftly alerted local fans to the problem. They responded with the kind of generosity you’d expect from Revelstokians.
People bought autographed hockey sticks, brought hundreds — maybe even thousands — of bottles for a bottle drive, paid cash for the privilege of skating with their favourite Grizzlies and to have their pictures taken with them. And they donated money. Man! Did they donate!
The team, which feared it couldn’t afford the $8,000 it was going to cost to send the team and its coaches to Parksville, was inundated with money. Boys, girls, parents, grandparents and businesses gave generously on Tuesday. Cheques came in every amount from $40 or so to $400 and even a $5,000 cheque to the Grizzlies from Lew Hendrickson’s Nichol Road Holdings. That monster cheque earned Lew one year of free leaderboard advertising on The Current’s Sports Section. That advertising product has a retail value of $4,800.