Mariners, Icy Knights, spread holiday cheer

Tina Comeau tcomeau@thevanguard.ca
Published on December 11, 2012

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

NovaNewsNow.com

 

There was a lot of icing involving the Yarmouth Mariners last week, but it was the kind you lick off of your fingers as opposed to the kind that gets whistled down in a hockey game.

And if you think the Mariners are competitive on the ice, you should see them making gingerbread houses.

The activity was part of the Mariners’ weekly Icy Knights program. This program sees the Mariners players matched up weekly with young people – from children and teens to young adults – who have physical or mental challenges. Together they enjoy a variety of activities and last Wednesday it was gingerbread house making.

But things didn’t stop with the last gumdrop being applied to a roof. The next morning some of the players brought the gingerbread houses to The Meadows Home for Special Care where they were given as gifts to the residents living in the seniors’ facility.

Some of these residents are Mariners fans of the team. Not only do they go to the occasional game with staff from the seniors’ facility, but when the Mariners games are broadcast online on Fast Hockey they are shown on a television at The Meadows.

“Let's go Mariners, let’s go!” said 77-year-old resident Charlie Cann as the hockey players introduced themselves to him. For the young hockey players, it was nice to interact with the seniors.

“It’s really good just to give back, especially around the holiday season like this,” said Mariners forward Cody Castro, who hails from Pasadena, California. “It’s nice to come in and put a smile on their face. It makes us feel good as much as it makes them feel good.”

 

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<p>Sharing smiles are Mariner players Rodney Mahoney and Jon Johannesson along with Cody Green and Angie d’Eon. TINA COMEAU PHOTO</p>

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<p>Yarmouth Mariner Ben MacSwain and his Icy Knights buddy Marcien Thimot put decorations on a gingerbread house. TINA COMEAU PHOTO</p>

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<p>Chris Robichaud and Yarmouth Mariner Jared Hicks apply more candy to their gingerbread sleigh. TINA COMEAU PHOTO</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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<p>Natasha Muise and Matt Tomah apply decorations to their gingerbread house. TINA COMEAU PHOTO</p>

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Josh Desmond pays special attention to the details on their house. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Ally Nickerson looks on as Connor Donaghey applies some decorations. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Mariners Colin Campbell and Connor Rogers work on their gingerbread creation with Icy Knights buddies Gordie Jenkins and Tyler Wyman. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Matt Wright concentrates on the task at hand. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Teamwork: Myriam Robicheau, Josh Desmond, Ben MacSwain and Marcien Thimot. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Morgan Messenger and Nicolette Deveau decorate their gingerbread train. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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More teamwork on the various houses involving Alain LeBlanc, Connor Donaghey, Ally Nickerson and Cody Castro. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The finished gingerbread products. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The finished gingerbread products. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The finished gingerbread products. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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The finished gingerbread products. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Picking out a winning gingerbread house was very difficult as they were all very creative, but first place went to Morgan Messenger, Nicolette Deveau and Derek Larade. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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Delivering the gingerbread houses to residents at the Meadows. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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<p>Members of the Mariners – Nicklas Lindstrom, Derek Larade, Cody Castro and Morgan Messenger – pose for a photo with Meadows resident Charlie Cann, who is a big fan of the team. TINA COMEAU PHOTO</p>

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