Hockey on a Canadian warship? Five Hole For Food plays pickup on the HMCS Preserver

Rory Boylen
HMCS Preserver

Earlier this month, the Five Hole for Food cross-country tour set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Between July 2 and July 19, the non-profit organization that raises food, money and awareness for food banks will make 13 stops through Canada, playing a game of pick-up ball hockey at each destination.

Here’s a description of the organization from its website:

“Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a national, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization with a bold, enterprising and entrepreneurial approach aimed at raising food and awareness for Canadians across the country.

Over the past three years, FHFF has raised in excess of 500,000 pounds of food in support of local food banks across Canada. Armed with national partners, the unwavering support of over 40 volunteers, and an identity borne from social media, FHFF is bringing together communities across Canada by using hockey as a vehicle for social change, and reaching a new generation of social entrepreneurs.”

On July 4, the group stopped in Halifax and took over the HMCS Preserver  – Canada’s longest-serving warship – for some hockey. Now, you may look at these pictures and watch the video below and wonder, “how many balls did they lose?”

Thirty-five. They lost 35 balls overboard in an hour.

Ever wondered what hockey on a Canadian warship would look like? Check out these pics and the video at the bottom.

HMCS Preserver


HMCS Preserver


HMCS Preserver


They may have lost 35 balls, but at least no one was bodychecked overboard.

To read more on the tour and find out about their other stops, you can check out their news here.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

July 8: Montreal, Place Vertu
July 9: Ottawa, Sparks Street
July 10: Toronto, Yonge-Dundas Square
July 12: Winnipeg, Corydon Avenue at Hugo Street
July 14: Regina, Scarth Street Mall
July 15: Calgary, Eau Claire Market
July 16: Edmonton, Centennial Plaza
July 18: Victoria, Saanich Plaza
July 19: Vancouver, Granville Street

If you want to get involved with Five Hole for Food as a volunteer, you can contact them about opportunities.

For one more look at the game on the HMCS Preserver, here’s some video from the event. Count the balls as they go off into the water!

(All photos from Five Hole For Food’s website)

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