Here is a press release from the North Stars about the event taking place on Saturday.
North Stars Gingerbread Houses
December 10, 2012
North Battleford, SK – The Battlefords North Stars are pleased to announce that once again this year they will be building gingerbread houses to be displayed at the game on Saturday, December 15th, vs. the Weyburn Red Wings. The creations will be up for silent auction, with all of the proceeds going to a very special cause.
Jeff Olson was a hockey player who spent time playing with the Midget AAA Stars, here in the Battlefords. Several North Stars players had the pleasure of calling Jeff a teammate during his hockey career. The team is pleased to make a contribution to a project that has been started in his memory.
The Stars have learned that the outdoor rink across from Jeff’s home in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, was one of his favourite places. This is where he learned to skate, played countless hours of shinny with family and friends, blew off steam, or worked towards another season.
Jeff always felt that the rink should be used year round, saying it would be great if there was cement for ball hockey, basketball, or other activities. He thought it would give older kids a place to go.
Starting in the spring of 2013, Jeff’s wish will come true thanks to generous donations. Jeff’s family and friends plan to cement the arena, and depending on funds, they hope to do other upgrades as well.
By purchasing a gingerbread house created by the North Stars, you will help to reach this goal. You can also make a contribution to the memorial project, by purchasing a “Jeff Olson Wrist Band” at Shared Secrets (1482 100th Street) in North Battleford.
Jeff Olson was a young hockey player who tragically lost his life earlier this year. I think this is a great way to honour his memory and I think it is a nice touch that the North Stars will be helping this project. The North Stars haven’t had a Saturday game since November 17th. Hopefully, there will be a large crowd at the Civic Center with Weyburn in town and a lot of bids for this great cause.