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Hockey NL president Jack Lee, Minor Hockey Chair Arnold Kelly, and Senior Hockey Chair Glen Gale announced a partnership with Young Adult Cancer Canada’s (YACC) Shave for the Brave today. The Hockey NL representatives met with Geoff Eaton, executive director, YACC and Jack Daly, four-time Shaver and Avalon Celtics player, at the Glacier in Mount Pearl for the final handshake.

Hockey NL has set a target of 500 heads for the 2014 Shave for the Brave season, a challenge that Daly happily accepted on behalf of more than 9,000 minor hockey players in the province.

“Young Adult Cancer Canada is super excited today to announce a partnership with Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador for the 2014 Shave for the Brave. The Shave for the Brave is our biggest fundraiser; we’ve had strong, strong participation from across the province since we started,” said Eaton. “We are challenging all the Newfoundland and Labrador members to get involved with the Shave this year.”

“Playing hockey teaches kids about teamwork, hard work, and the value of dedication. Our partnership with Young Adult Cancer Canada will reinforce the importance of giving back to our community. Participating in the Shave for the Brave gives kids a sense of ‘pride.’ I’ve seen it, and it’s powerful,” said Lee. “I think in the past years we’ve recognized the fact that there’s kids who play hockey that also have this disease. For us it’s a community thing, plus hockey is a team sport and we want to help Geoff’s team move forward.”

“The province’s minor hockey players have participated in other Shaves for years, and now we are looking forward to seeing Shaves for the Brave in rinks around the province in 2014,” said Eaton.

Avalon Celtics player Jack Daly says he will be shaving off his hockey hair in the new year, and he hopes his team will join him. Daly is quite a familiar face around YACC and is about to go under the clippers for the fifth time.

“I’m going to do my best to get the whole team involved,” said Daly. “Come on boys, let’s go!”

The association isn’t just looking for players to sign up–they’re putting their own heads on the line! Kelly announced he will Shave his head at the Grant Thorton Minor Hockey Week kickoff.

“On January 11 I’m going to shave my head in Stephenville for a great cause and I’m hoping to have everybody’s support!” he said.

Please contact Melanie Crocker at melanie@youngadultcancer.ca or (709) 700-1972 if your team is ready to answer the roar of the razors!

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