Pubdate: Mon, 19 Nov 2001
Source: Daily Press, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2001 Daily Press (CN ON)
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)


The OPP got creamed by the Flying Fathers Saturday night.


The world renowned Flying Fathers hockey club used every means necessary, 
including pulverizing their opposition with whipped cream pies, to pull out 
a 22-6 victory over the Ontario Provincial Police Association Choir Boys at 
the McIntyre Arena before a crowd of more than 1,300 people.

It was the first time in more than 10 years the Flying Fathers played in 

Several players on both teams were hit with the pies and even the referee 
and linesmen were left white faced and sticky following bad calls.

Even the OPP coach was concerned about the cream pies.

"Even if you're on the bench, you have to watch out for cream pies and the 
water," said Gus Mortson, a Toronto Maple Leafs alumni member and four time 
Stanley Cup winner.

The game, one in a series of 10 in 11 days, was a fundraiser for the 
District of Cochrane Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Board, 
Northeast Region D.A.R.E. program and the Timmins Minor Hockey Association.

In a pregame ceremony, the TMHA received a cheque for $5,000. The amount 
raised for the D.A.R.E. programs has not yet been released. However, tour 
organizer and OPP regional Drug Abuse Resistance Education co-ordinator 
Paul Harrison said every group will profit from the game.

Harrison said the money will be put to good use. Every Grade 6 student 
across the region takes part in the D.A.R.E. program. There is no cost for 
the students to take part in the program but expenditures mount as all the 
costs of materials, teaching aids and the officers' time are the 
responsibility of the law enforcement agencies.

Schumacher's own Father Les Costello was pleased, along with the Flying 
Fathers, to be able to provide such low cost family entertainment and 
donate the proceeds to the local D.A.R.E. programs.

Costello led the way for the Flying Fathers. But the former Leafs Stanley 
Cup winner said the score wasn't important. Of greater significance was 
providing laughs for the crowd.

"With all the stress and tension in the world, it gives us a chance to 
laugh and help everyone relax and have a good time," Costello said.

Flying Fathers goaltender Fr. Vaughan Quinn agreed.

"I have to train incredibly hard to keep up," Quinn said. "But it makes it 
all worthwhile when I see kids killing themselves laughing. To see their 
parents splitting themselves laughing is a thrill. The reason I keep 
playing at my age is looking up at the crowd and seeing them all enjoying 

Harrison, more than any of the other players, knows the importance of the 
D.A.R.E. program.

"We're raising awareness (about the D.A.R.E. program) and raising spirits," 
Harrison said. "We get to see the kids smiling every night. Every night its 
a new audience. This tour has been a wonderful experience all around. We 
need the help of the community."

Harrison, a former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie, played on the Flying 
Fathers' team after being cut from the OPP team.

Leading into the tour, some of the other OPP officers were joking Harrison 
wasn't good enough to play for either team.

"We've been ribbing him pretty good," said Det. Marc Duval, of the South 
Porcupine detachment.

But Duval said in hindsight, it wasn't the best idea.

"He's has been running us all game," Duval said.

The game was a thrill for Duval.

"I saw the Flying Fathers play when I was a kid," Duval said. "I never 
thought I'd ever be playing against them."

OPP Const. Gerry Doucette said the game allowed he and his teammates to 
show they can get out and have fun too.

"The game gave us a chance to show the public we have a lighter side," 
Doucette said. "It's all for fun."

Over the years, the Flying Fathers have raised more than $4 million for 
charities around the world through their hockey games.

The tour continued Sunday in Hearst. Tonight the teams square off in 
Cochrane and will play in North Bay and Blind River before wrapping up in 
Sundridge Thursday.