The case of the missing jerseys hasn’t been solved, but a solution is in place.
The Scotiabank minor bantam ‘A’ Colts of the Barrie Minor Hockey Association, had half of its uniforms stolen out of a car in Midhurst last weekend, have received replacement jerseys from its sponsor.
Scotiabank’s district vice president,wholesale nfl jerseys Jim Karges, was on hand at the BMHA’s head offices Wednesday afternoon to formally present the team with new sweaters, set to be worn this weekend at the team’s tournament in Waterloo.
« We were quite shocked to hear what happened, » said Karges, whose son played in Barrie’s minor hockey system. « As a sponsor of minor hockey across Canada, we thought it was an excellent opportunity to give back to the team. »
Head coach Dave Hitchon told The Barrie Examiner earlier this week that the nine replacement jerseys needed could cost around $1,000, which the team couldn’t afford.
« We know that the players and parents and coaches do a lot of fundraising, and the cost of new jerseys has an impact (on their funds), » Karges said. « So we thought we could step up. »
« I kind of thought, ‘Who would steal a kid’s team’s jersey?' » said Adam Norman, who was one of the fortunate ones to get their original uniform back. « It was going to be kind of sad, because we were going into a tournament and didn’t have any away jerseys. »
Trevor Broley, whose No. 11 jersey is still missing, is quite pleased that he’ll have both sets for their tournament this weekend.
« I’m feeling really happy, » he said.
That wasn’t how he felt on Monday night, when he considered himself « the last person to find out about it ». But the team managed to pull together and defeat East Gwillimbury at home that evening.
« We won and we played really well, » Broley said. « I think it was because we were all pretty mad that our jerseys were lost and wanted to take it out on the ice. »
Assistant coach Ryan Stephenson hopes the kids can come together over this, without the anger.
« I think what’s been learned is that sometimes out of unfortunate situations comes an opportunity for good to come out, » Stephenson said. « We’ve seen the people that have proactively stepped forward in helping us out.