The colour pink will fill the rink of Cole Harbour Place Wednesday for Cole Harbour Minor Hockey Night.
The Cole Harbour Colts Junior Hockey Club is partnering with the Halifax District RCMP, the Cole Harbour Minor Hockey Association and Hockey Nova Scotia to raise awareness about bullying. The night will be the first of many where the Colts will hit the ice with their hockey sticks taped in pink in support of the Pink Tape Campaign.
The campaign was created by RCMP Cst. Blair Dole, a community policing officer with Halifax District RCMP in December 2017. Cst. Dole witnessed bullying on a hockey team he coaches and knew a conversation needed to happen with the youth. He came up with the idea of using pink hockey tape on the blade of hockey sticks to promote anti-bullying for youth involved in minor hockey. Cst. Dole has started to spread his message with other hockey teams to discuss the harmful effects of bullying and the importance of teamwork, respect and friendships.
“Bullying can take many forms and it can impact children of all ages,” says Cst. Blair Dole, Halifax District RCMP. “Pink hockey tape on hockey sticks initiates discussion around bullying and the importance of being kind to others.”
Halifax District RCMP Management fully supports Cst. Dole’s Pink Tape Campaign and has stepped in to purchase pink tape with the hope that hockey sticks across the city will bear the brightly coloured tape.
“As a dad, I know that bullying is not some harmless part of growing up; it’s wrong and it hurts. The Pink Tape Campaign reminds us all that we can and must work together to stop it and that victims of bullying are never alone,” says Insp. Rob Doyle, Halifax District RCMP. “When Cst. Dole approached us with the idea, we knew right away this was something as a District we would support. The campaign will generate conversations with youth, parents, and coaches and we hope that will make a difference.”
What: Cole Harbour Minor Hockey Night
Who: Cole Harbour Colts vs. East Hants Penguins
Where: Cole Harbour Place – Scotia 2
When: January 24, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Regular Admission fees apply. *FREE admission to all Cole Harbour Minor Hockey Association players who wear team colours. **The first 300 people get a free mini stick in support of the Pink Tape Campaign.
Community members are encouraged to wear pink. Get to the game early to ensure you don’t miss the ceremonial puck drop that will take place in support of the Pink Tape campaign and feature a special RCMP guest.
Source: Media Release