by Monique Tamminga/Times Contributor
Bragging rights are on the line as the Schreder Brothers Real Estate Group of Langley once again challenge Ingram Mortgage Team in what promises to be an epic charity hockey game on Saturday.
It’s as if the Stanley Cup is on the line, the stakes are that high, said Jamie Schreder, organizer of the event.
It’s game 7 and the series is tied 3-3. The rivalry between Jeff Ingram and the Schreder brothers grows with each year, teased Jamie.
“Everyone can feel the pressure. Welcome to Game 7,” he said. Whoever wins this game, gets to have bragging rights for some time, he added.
The game is set for Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Surrey Sports & Leisure Complex in Fleetwood (16555 Fraser Hwy.), with the puck drop at 11:40 a.m.
Before the game, though, the Schreder Brothers Real Estate Group invite the public to join them for a free family Skate with Santa from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This will be the seventh year the Schreder Brothers have hosted their family Skate with Santa and Christmas Classic hockey game – with all money raised going to Langley Sources Food Bank.
While the hockey game is really fun to play and to watch, the Schreder brothers and Jeff Ingram realized they could do a lot of good at the same time.
Jamie covers the cost of the ice, skate, and helmet rentals. That way, all the funds raised from the day go directly to Sources.
“So far, we have raised over $35,000 for the food bank and donated hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds of food,” Jamie boasted.
In 2016, they filled an entire pick-up truck inside and out with non-perishable food donations.
This year, they are hoping to fill the rink with friends, family, and everyone who wants to come out for some Christmas fun while supporting an important cause.
More than 100,000 people accessed a food bank in B.C. in 2017. Of those, 32 per cent were children.
The Schreders said that’s why fundraising events like their’s continue to focus on food banks.
They will be accepting both monetary and non-perishable food donations. And for those unable to attend, Schreder said arrangements can be made to pick up donations.
Go skating on Christmas Eve
For those who can’t get to the Schreder’s Santa skate, there are other opportunities to lace up the skates this holiday season.
Three Langley ice arenas are hosting skating the night before Christmas.
The Township of Langley’s new Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre, at 27032 Fraser Hwy., is hosting a Christmas Eve Skate from 1 to 3 p.m.
Likewise, the George Preston Recreation Centre, at 20699 42nd Ave., in Brookswood, is holding its Christmas Eve skate from 10 a.m. to noon.
Regular admission rates apply for both of these Township events.
Langley Twin Rinks, 5700 Langley Bypass, is having its Skate with Santa on Dec. 24 from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Skate with Santa, enjoy all the decorations and bring a non-perishable food item as payment to skate.
The Langley Sportsplex also hosted three free skates with Santa this December.
Now they are hosting pond hockey on New Year’s Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. But tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.