Article by Jeff Gard. Images submitted.

The Cold Creek Comets Atom BB girls used teamwork off the ice to give back this holiday season.

The 9-and-10-year-old team members (who come from all over Northumberland) collected items to donate to The Hospital for Sick Children (also known as SickKids) in Toronto.

The majority of these players have been together for three years. The tradition of giving began last year with the guidance Manager DeeAnn Dennee and the coaching staff says current team manager Danielle Rock.

Last year the players donated items to The Giving Tree and this year chose SickKids as a number of families have personal experiences with the hospital.

“Being the manager of the team, together with the coaching staff of Bob McAskill, Jeff Stewart and Dave Evans, we are blessed to be around a great bunch of young ladies who are pretty talented hockey players,” Rock says.

“We feel it is important to teach the girls not only about team play, respect for others, discipline and sportsmanship but also about giving being more important than receiving this time of year, and especially being as blessed as we are, to give to those who are not quite as fortunate.”

“Our team has some very giving players and parents. We asked each player to collect at least two items and collectively our team of 15 players we were able to donate 200-250 items ranging from brand new clothes, dolls, books, toys of all kinds.

Some of the players delivered the items to SickKids prior to their Lower Lakes Female Hockey League game in Leaside on Dec. 9.

“Although not every player was able to go to SickKids, they all contributed to the cause,” Rock says.

Members of the Atom BB Comets are Meadow Ward, Sophie Harold, Kenzie O’Neill, Sydney Rock, Jaime Hellam, Emily Stewart, Isla Robinson, Lilly Stevenson, Jordyn McAskill, Sadie Munro, Samantha Trites, Charlie Evans, Isabel Mason, Brielle Osborne and Isabelle Herron.