Giving back to the community that supports our hockey club is a passion for both defenceman Johnny Witzke and the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins organization.
On Monday, February 18th, the Bruins hosted the ‘Johnny Witzke RBC Community Skate’ at Affinity Place. The event was held to recognize the $1,000 donation that RBC has made to the City of Estevan as part of the SJHL’s “RBC Community Ambassador” program where Witzke was selected as the team’s representative for 2018/19.
At the community skate, where hundreds of fans young and old skated on the ice with Johnny and a handful of his teammates, donations were collected at the door for an organization that Witzke personally selected: the Estevan Family Resource Centre.
A total of $341.65 was then delivered in person by Johnny to the staff, volunteers, parents and children at the centre who were greatly appreciative of the generous donation by the Bruins defenceman.
“My billet mom (Brittany Zahn) has been on the board of the Estevan Family Resource Centre for the three years I’ve played here, and my billet sisters (Quinn and Sawyer) have played here,” said Witzke after handing over the donation.
“Giving back to kids in our community is a big deal for me. They’re our number one fans and to some of them, we’re their heroes. So to be able to give back to them is the ultimate treat.”
Pertaining to the $1,000 donation to the City of Estevan from RBC, the funds have been used to purchase four ‘Skate Helpers’ for Affinity Place. The ‘Skate Helpers’ are used to assist young or inexperienced skaters to skate on their own until they become confident enough to skate without it. Witzke feels it was a perfect choice for the funds, as skating is a key part of his game and something that he is passionate about teaching kids to do more effectively.