ALL-FAMILY HOCKEY TEAM
IN SUPPORT OF BRAIN INJURY VICTIMS
Norm plays alongside his two Sons, five Brothers and his many
Nephews for the benefit his daughter Carries' Charity. The
Team Beaudin "PondKings" are a sight to see. Eighteen
Beaudin's, brothers and sons, lace them up against teams like
the Winnipeg Jets Legends and the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall
of Fame All Stars. The eldest brother Alain (72) is the PondKings
Goalie and he's still stopping pucks.
Canadian roots continually bring us back to Winnipeg, Regina,
Vancouver, and Ottawa. Usually, our trips back home involve
Charity Hockey Games or Golf Tournaments. We actively raise
monies for Brain Injury Victims through our Foundation called
which stands for Friends of Carrie Unite & Support. Carrie
Beaudin Hull (Daughter/Sister) was the unfortunate victim
of a ruptured brain aneurysm in 1996. She is currently recovering
in Vancouver, her life has changed forever, and we all take
turns caring for her needs. We are optimistic that one day
she will walk again and regain many of her lost functions
that were taken from her so suddenly and unexpectedly.
HISTORY OF THE
Beaudin PondKings started to play together in May of 1998.
The concept of an all family hockey team is probably not exclusive
to the Beaudins' but we are yet to hear of a game of equal
magnitude as our first one at the Winnipeg Arena on Mothers
previous year in Indian Head Saskatchewan, Norm Beaudin was
invited to be a special inductee into the Saskatchewan Sports
Hall of Fame. That same year, in the team inductee category,
the Montmartre Canadiens of 1955 were also honoured. Starring
for the Canadiens were the Beaudin Brothers- Harvey, Alain,
Edwin, Claude, and Aurel. It was then that the next generation
of Beaudins realized that we had enough solid talent amongst
uncles and cousins to ice a competitive hockey team. Pond
Hockey that is!
in an effort to raise money for Carrie Beaudin, her recovery
from a ruptured brain aneurysm, and other brain injury victims,
a phone call was made to Peter Young(Winnipeg Sports Personality)
and the Jets Alumni. Dave, Greg and Norm Beaudin went into
full swing to organize and create the "PondKings",
assemble the Jets Legends, bring in local talent like Dean
Gunnarson- The Worlds Greatest Escape Artist, and Troy Westwood
from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. A dinner auction was held
the night before and was a smashing success. The City of Winnipeg
was incredibly supportive as were the media and local business.
The loss of the Jets in 96' was a major blow to the fans in
the Peg' and this was an opportunity for them to come raise
money for charity and see both WHA and NHL Jets skate together
again. It was a wonderful afternoon, a beautiful Mothers Day
for all the Beaudin Moms!
opponents, The Winnipeg Jets Legends, were rallied together
to help Carrie Beaudin, daughter of Norm Beaudin "the
original jet". Spearheading the efforts to assemble a
truly remarkable cast of Jets Legends were Norms teammates
and friends, Lyle Moffat, Peter Sullivan, Joe Daley, Ab Mcdonald
of the Jets Legends were: Dale Hawerchuk, Morris Lukowich,
Laurie Boschmann, Lyle Moffat, Peter Sullivan, Joe Daley,
Ab Mcdonald, Ulf Nilsson, Randy Carlyle, Carey Wilson, Gordie
Tumilson, Doug Smail, Perry Miller, Dave Christian and more!
PondKings went outside the family to recruit some power play
punch and pond hockey firepower...The Hanson Brothers, Steve,
Jeff and Jack were brought in to put on the foil and back
up the Beaudins to victory. Well, with Jets like Ducky and
Sully and Ab and Carlyle, the Jets still proved to be too
much to handle. The Fans were treated to a spectacular show
of Finesse and Follies!
that's how the Beaudin PondKings Charity Hockey Team was started!
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