A Red Deer man is taking his love for hockey to Africa.
Kevin Montgomery, a 48-year-old oilfield worker turned custodian since the downturn hit, says it's always been a dream of his to go to Kenya because of its many safari opportunities.
The Oilers fan and former Red Deer Rustlers tryout says his new job with Red Deer Public Schools brought with it a twist of fate.
"My coworker is a Kenyan immigrant and he's returning to Kenya to visit his family. It seemed to be serendipitous that I met his man and he was going there and we decided to make it an adventure together," he says, noting his other love for elephants.
Where the greatest game on Earth comes in is Montgomery's drive to collect as many mini sticks as possible ahead of his trip. He plans on going to local schools and taking to the streets to give the toys out and to teach youth there about street hockey.
"I'm just trying to take some fun with me and a make a memorable experiece for them and myself," he says. "There's no real gain out of it all other than personal satisfaction and sharing some love -- a love of the game."
Montgomery and his colleague leave February 15 and will visit Kenya for two weeks.He's collected about 100 sticks so far, but would like to take as many as possible.
To contribute mini sticks to the cause, you can contact Montgomery through Facebook or by calling 403-343-6723. If so inclined, you can also contribute to his GoFundMe, which he says will help pay the shipping costs for the sticks.
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