The West Carleton Warriors are the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup champions, topping finalists from Saint John, N.B., and Lanaudière, Que.
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Thanks to their determined efforts off the ice, the West Carleton Warriors have won the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup and its $100,000 grand prize, which the team is dedicating to disaster relief in Dunrobin.The official announcement was made during the second intermission of Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but word of the team’s victory had leaked online earlier in the day.The Warriors topped finalists from Saint John, N.B., and Lanaudière, Que., to claim the cup.“The boys are pretty excited: they’re pretty fired up,” Sean Lecuyer, head coach of the peewee A Warriors, said in an interview Saturday.“I’m proud of them. It’s nice to see that their hard work — and all their parents’ hard work — paid off for Dunrobin residents. It’s pretty fabulous.”The prize money will all go to the West Carleton Disaster Relief organization, he said, and will be put toward tornado cleanup and recovery.Dunrobin suffered the worst damage in the region when a series of tornadoes descended on Ottawa-Gatineau late on the afternoon of Sept. 21, the last official day of summer.The tornado that hit Dunrobin was classified as an EF-3 with maximum winds of up to 265 km/h, making it the strongest tornado to hit eastern Ontario since 1903. It was also the strongest September storm to strike anywhere in Canada in more than a century.One day after the tornado, the West Carleton Warriors spent the day at the Carp Fair, collecting donations for disaster relief. They raised more than $4,000. The team also volunteered at a Christmas party for young tornado victims and cleaned up the hall after the event.A video made by the Warriors as part of the team’s entry for the Good Deeds Cup has been viewed more than 66,000 times on YouTube.The Warriors had to beat out 300 teams to reach the semifinals of the event; their viewership numbers propelled them into the finals.The winner was selected by a panel of judges from Hockey Canada and Chevrolet Canada.The Good Deeds Cup has brought the Warriors some much-needed success this season in what Coach Lecuyer has described as a “character-building year” on the ice.Many members of the team, including Lecuyer’s 11-year-old son, were at the Carp Fair when the tornado roared through Dunrobin. No one was killed by the twister, which narrowly missed the packed fairgrounds.Launched in 2016, the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup seeks to reward young hockey players for making their communities better places — and to inspire other Canadians to do the same. ALSO IN THE NEWS:Search continues for missing Petawawa teenLead architect says he’s ‘thrilled’ for chance to build landmark libraryPolice snowmobile patrols net one DUI