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Hockey Devils host breakfast with Santa

Don Fennell   Jan-04-2018

Dressing up as Santa, Richmond Devils’ coach Tony Cheema is surrounded by uniformed players Byrnley Ross, Natalie Korenic and Kaarina Swinburnson who donned elf costumes for the annual Santa Breakfast Dec. 9 at Richmond Family Place and Hydi Sham and Ruth Taverner of Family Place.

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The Richmond Devils senior AA women’s hockey team has made it a holiday tradition to volunteer at the annual Santa Breakfast at Richmond Family Place. This past year was no exception.

With coach Tony Cheema playing the lead role of Santa, and some of the players (Brynley Ross, Natalie Korenic and Kaarina Swinburnson) serving as elves, the 2017 event was a memorable occasion.

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Prior to the event, other players set up and decorated the venue to welcome many new families to Richmond.

“It was a lot of fun,” said first-time Santa Cheema. “Seeing the surprise on the kids’ faces was awesome.”

Cheema says it equally warms his heart to see both the generosity and commitment of the players to lend a helping hand.

“They take it very seriously but they also all get a lot of joy from it,” he says.

There were two seatings for a pancake breakfast that also included crafts, holiday carolling and a photo and gift session with Santa.

Lending a helping hand is nothing new for the Richmond Devils. During the course of the year, the team helps to organize and participate in many activities at Family Place.

Richmond Family Place’s mission is to ensure that every child in Richmond reaches their full potential.


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