© Herald photo by Matt Gardner
Prince Albert Icehawks parents Lisa Anseth and Boris Boruch sell lottery tickets on Saturday at the Gateway Mall to help raise money for the team. The boat behind them is one of the major prizes. Tickets cost $10 or three for $20 and are available at certain retail outlets or by calling (306) 970-3330.
One of the most important fundraisers for the Prince Albert Icehawks is the junior hockey club’s annual sport and leisure lottery.
Now in its third year, the lottery spearheaded by players’ parents helps cover the cost of a range of items for the team.
“The money goes to help fund the bus, fund the road trips, ice time … hotels, meals for the road trips … upkeep of the team,” parent Boris Boruch said.
“It’s just basically to supplement their income,” fellow parent Lisa Anseth added.
On Saturday afternoon, both Boruch and Anseth could be seen selling lottery tickets at a table in the Gateway Mall.
Boruch reported fairly average ticket sales since setting up the table in the morning, while Anseth had an impressive run after joining him later in the day.
“In 15 minutes I sold four tickets, so that’s not bad,” she said.
Of the 58 prizes offered, first prize winners are able to choose between a boat, snowmobile and a utility task vehicle.
At the beginning of the fundraising effort each year, each Icehawks parent is allotted a certain amount of tickets to sell out of a total of 3,000 tickets. Boruch estimated that the team is presently halfway to achieving its target.
Aside from raising money, Anseth noted that the ticket sales also help to publicize the team.
“A lot of people don’t even know about the Icehawks even though they are the Junior B team from P.A.,” she said.
“A lot of people when they think of hockey … it’s automatic, they think of the Raiders (or the) Mintos … The Icehawks … sometimes don’t get the credibility or attention that they should,” she added.
The money goes to help fund the bus, fund the road trips, ice time … hotels, meals for the road trips … upkeep of the team. Boris Boruch
“This kind of draws a little bit of attention to make people go, ‘Oh, well, where do they play?’ and then you tell them where their home rink is and that they play out of the Kinsmen (Arena).”
The Icehawks lottery also helps supplement individual fundraising efforts by the players, who must pay annual fees and purchase their own equipment.
But Anseth noted that players and their families aren’t the only ones who help out with ticket sales.
“The coaches, the trainers, the manager, the bus driver -- everybody helps take part in this,” she said.
“Everybody has their part … Our coaches and our assistant coaches, our manager, they’re all amazing, they all chip in and they help. It’s not just up to the parents to do it.”
As temperatures warm up, tickets will also be available at Canadian Tire on weekends in advance of the draw on June 23.
“Closer to springtime we can be sitting outside,” Anseth said.
“Right now, not so much,” she added with a chuckle.
Lottery tickets cost $10 each or three for $20, and are available at UniTech Office Solutions, Ashly Cabinets and Windows, EECOL Electric, Rally Motorsports or by calling (306) 970-3330.