RCMP’s hockey program receives 25 sets of hockey equipment from NHLPA
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has presented a donation of 25 complete sets of new hockey equipment from the players’ NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS) Hockey Program “Come Together – Tous Ensemble.” This equipment distribution will go towards young children from the Conseil des Écoles Catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) elementary school board in the Ottawa region.
Representatives from PPS, RCMP, NHLPA Goals & Dreams and Senator Leo Housakos joined forces in Ottawa this afternoon to celebrate Canada’s love of hockey and share the joy of this sport with local students from CECCE on the Canada 150 Rink located on Parliament Hill. The students enjoyed the chance to test out their new equipment for the first time on the Canada 150 Rink as they played a hockey game with senators and representatives of the PPS, RCMP and the NHLPA.
“The results of this partnership will not only help in bringing down barriers between the community and law enforcement officers but will most of all provide an opportunity to children to develop their self-esteem and team play by giving them the chance to play organized hockey,” said Sgt. Sylvain Lemoyne, project co-ordinator.
In 2015, the Senate Protective Service and House of Commons Security Services teamed up with the RCMP’s Parliament Hill Security Unit to form the Parliamentary Protection Service (PPS).
In the fall of 2017, Sgt. Lemoyne and his team created project “Come Together – Tous Ensemble” from a partnership between PPS, RCMP, NHLPA Goals & Dreams and the CECCE. Other partners such as Heritage Canada. The goal of the project is to help and encourage deserving children to join local organized hockey leagues in the National Capital Region by providing them with hockey equipment and to promote the sport.