I'm headed to Unity this afternoon to take in game one of the Rider Pride Hockey Challenge. I'll have the call on Access 7 Sports which you will be able to see on Access 7 in the coming weeks.
Despite the cold, several members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been hitting the outdoor rinks this week in preparation for game one of the Rider Pride Hockey Challenge presented by SaskCanola.
The tour kicks off Saturday, January 15 in Unity, SK where Rider players and staff will take on the Unity All-star Selects in a charity hockey game set for 2:45 pm at the Unity Arena. An autograph session will take place from 1-2 pm inside the facility as well.
Adult tickets are $10 and children are $5. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds to benefit Unity Minor Hockey.
Rider fans in the province's northwest can expect to see players such as slotbacks Chris Getzlaf and Jason Clermont, as well as fullback Neal Hughes and defensive lineman Shomari Williams, among others, toss aside their cleats for skates on Saturday afternoon.
"The entire town is just so excited for the team's arrival," said co-organizer Michael Soloski. "It means a ton to the community for the team to come up here. This will help our fundraising efforts immensely."
Following the hockey game, a banquet will take place upstairs at the arena, where various silent auction items and a live auction will occur.
"We have some great items and it's all for a good cause, so we're encouraging fans to come on out and support the community," said Soloski.
The Rider Pride Hockey Challenge presented by SaskCanola continues next weekend in Nipawin and then in Weyburn in mid-February. Visit Riderville.com often for updates, photos and videos from the tour.