Team Payne defeated Team Bartley 10-7 in the annual Maple Ridge Hockey Classic charity game.
But that wasn’t the goal.
The third annual fundraiser collected more than $6,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
“Due to the amount of people away, I think it was very successful,” said organizer Ben Payne, who has Crohn’s – painful inflammation of the digestive tract.
“The foundation was happy.”
For three summers now, Payne and his good friend Victor Bartley, and NHL defenseman who this off-season signed with the Minnesota Wild, have created a reunion of some of the best hockey talent from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, as well as professional, minor pro, university and junior players from around the region.
The local boys get together and put on a game of shinny to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Payne, who spent last season playing in Austria with EC Gunners Zirl, had three goals and three assists and was selected the game MVP.
Glenn Gawdin had goals.
Brad Hunt, with the St. Louis Blues, had four assists
Matt Pope, who also plays in Austia, and Landon Ferraro, also with St. Louis, had two goals each for Team Bartley.