Oak Bay cop looks to build community legacy with hockey game

The Dan Mclean Challenge Cup hockey game is Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Recreation Centre

A longtime sergeant at Oak Bay police hopes to build a legacy for the community with the second, larger, Challenge Cup hockey game.

Fire, police and their helpers from Oak Bay Bikes and Parks and Recreation staff skated away with the trophy but Oak Bay High players didn’t make it easy in the inaugural First Responder’s Challenge Cup for Cops for Cancer played in April.

The second such game, with the First Responders team beefed up with even more first responders and Oak Bay High set to get some alumni help, says organizer Sgt. Mike Martin, Oak Bay Police Department.

The first big change is in the name the Dan Mclean Challenge Cup hockey game is an opportunity for first responders to positively interact with teens, and raise funds for Cops for Cancer.

RELATED: First responders score first, take inaugural Challenge Cup in Oak Bay

RELATED: Retired Oak Bay cop mourned

Former Oak Bay police Sgt. Dan McLean was known in community for volunteerism, loyalty to police department and its officers. He joined the Edmonton police in 1980 and was hired in Oak Bay in 1986, retiring in 2007. In those 21 years, he was active in the community. A huge baseball fan, he coached at various levels and served a stint as president of Oak Bay Little League. He also volunteered with Oak Bay Kiwanis and organized a collection of baseball equipment from around the region for children in Nicaragua.

“Dan was my sergeant and a mentor to me when I came to the department,” Martin says. “He was a good friend as well. I hope this becomes a legacy for Oak Bay and the family and for us.”

He died at 62 on Nov. 5, 2013 after a bout with cancer. The hockey game is about raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, and the shift to September for the second Mclean Challenge Cup coincides with the Oak Bay High student Cops for Cancer fundraising campaign and the Terry Fox Run.

RELATED: Car wash raises funds for Tour de Rock

“We’ve got a bigger time slot this time,” Martin says. “My ambition is to turn it into more than just as hockey game.”

Guest singer Stephanie Greaves will perform O Canada, and in response to a challenge from the Oak Bay High students, the full three-period hockey game will include a shootout competition.

“They also want us to radar gun our shooting speeds and skating speeds,” Martin says with a laugh. “If we win we, win with our brains and positioning, not with speed.”

He still plans to give the students a good competition, building on last year’s roster.

Martin continues to build on those improvements, seeking celebrity players and performers. He’s already seeing strong support with donations from the business community for a silent auction or prizes.

“People are getting on board in the community,” Martin says. “I think they want to build this with us. If this becomes an annual event I think the community is getting behind it.”

The Dan Mclean Challenge Cup hockey game is Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee St. Free admission, donations accepted for Tour de Rock.

Martin is open to ideas on celebrity music, players and more. Contact him by email at mmartin@oakbaypolice.org.

Game On! Cops for Cancer Mclean Hockey Game September 27th @ 1:30 @ Oak Bay Rec. OB High School vs OB 1st Responders!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/r1UAcLztre

— Mike Martin (@ratherbpinting) August 21, 2018


 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Police raid 23-year-old cannabis compassion club in Victoria

Supporters gather outside the Cannabis Buyers Club on Johnson Street

Sooke Mounties continue probe into high school hold and release

No charges yet from last week’s incident

West Shore RCMP looking for suspects after Langford site hit twice with graffiti

Police urge the public to report any vandalism they witness

Father of murdered Realtor writes letter, pleading for help from Saanich mayor

Lindsay Buziak was stabbed to death on Feb. 2, 2008, her case remains open

B.C. to restrict nicotine content, bring in 20% tax on vaping products

Province will also restrict candy and fruit flavoured vaping products to adult-only stores

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Use of force deemed justifiable in arrest of suspect after snowy chase near Nanaimo

Independent Investigation Office of B.C. reports on incident from late last winter

B.C. woman sends fight to reduce preventable medical errors to Victoria

Teri McGrath and South Okanagan senior’s centre members presented 150 signature petition to local MLA

B.C. First Nation Chief Ed John faces historic sex charges

John served as minister for children and families under then-premier Ujjah Dosanjh

Transgender inmate in Surrey denied transfer to women’s prison

Petitioner argued denial of transfer to women’s prison was unreasonable and unfair

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Most Read