Five Hole for Food will see Vancouver hockey bloggers taking to the streets across Canada this summer to play hockey and raise funds for local Food Banks. The tour will stop in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and wrap things up in Vancouver this July.
“I love hockey and I wanted to find a way to turn my passion into something that could give back to the community,” said participating blogger, player and campaign founder Richard Loat (@Mozy19 on Twitter). “Being a proud Canadian, it occurred to me that in the name of community and charity we could play hockey for a good cause and thus Five Hole for Food was born.” Richard will be joined by over a dozen other bloggers including my old Crazy Canucks podcast co-host, JJ Guerrero.
Richard told me a bit about how it all came together, thanks to social networking and sponsorship from both Boston Pizza and Molson. “Through hockey blogging I’ve made hockey friends across the country. When I reached out to them they were excited to help support and organize a game in their respective towns. The beauty of this event is that it’s driven by social media and a host of twittering bloggers that have come together for the love of their sport and in the name of a great cause.”
Across Canada each of the street hockey games have been organized by individual bloggers who will bring together two teams for the official match. “We’re also inviting anyone that wants to play to bring a can of food and their hockey stick and they’re welcome to join in the fun,” added Richard. Aside from the main sponsors, they have also partnered with local CHL, AHL, and NHL teams.