This year’s Battle of the Badges Todd Gustavson Memorial Hockey Tournament could be played with 911 urgency.
Beating the Lloydminster RCMP hockey team for the challenge cup has almost become an emergency situation this year for the Lloydminster Fire Department squad.
They want to emerge as the top safety service on skates when the puck drops on March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Civic Centre after back-to-back annual losses.
“This year, more than ever, the fire department is prepared to combat the RCMP’s chippy play with our team speed,” said fire Chief Newton.
“We look forward to another entertaining game for the community. I just hope the RCMP recognize there are no scouts in the stands, and if there were, they’d be looking at us.”
All proceeds will support KidSport Lloydminster and the Lloydminster Public School Division Breakfast Program.
RCMP Inspector Neill Pearson is confident the fire department will be pulling the alarm in panic when the game gets underway.
“True to RCMP tradition, we take pride in playing hard within the rules,” he said.
“Each year is a great opportunity to play a clean, fun game, while raising money for some worthy causes.
“As always, we gave the trophy a polish so it will look sharp when we hoist it ... again.”
This will be the third year of the event renamed in memory of Todd Gustavson, who served with the fire department for 37 years, including 17 as Chief.
Battle of the Badges tickets are on sale at the RCMP detachment (5106 44 Street), or City Hall (4420 50 Avenue).
Prices include individual tickets $10, four-member family passes are $25 and children eight and under free.
Sponsors for this year’s event include Synergy Credit Union, Musgrave Agencies, Redhead Equipment and ATCO Electric.