Cuts for the Cure with the Abbotsford Heat || Amy Williams Photography

Abbotsford Heat players and fans shed a few hairs for a great cause on April 2nd. With the help of their wives and girlfriends, Cuts for the Cure became a reality for 15 players, Coach Jim Playfair and son Austyn to raise over $18,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. It’s hard to find someone these days who hasn’t been affected in some way by cancer knowing a family member, friend or even themselves that have had to deal with this disease. In the Heat’s locker room, Goalie Lealand Irving was was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, as an eight-year-old and has been cancer free for 13 years now.

There was an eight-year-old boy there Caleb Mitchell who raised $2,200.00 for Irving to shave his head. His mom showed him the promotional video the Heat made for Cuts for the Cure and Caleb identified with the age that Irving was when he had cancer and the age Caleb was now and wanted to raise money for this cause. That’s an amazing kid.

This being the second season with the Abbotsford Heat in BC, I think some great things are still to come from these guys.


I had to do some before and afters or while getting cut: #37 Lealand Irving, #17 Matt Pelech, #22 John Armstrong, Coach Jim Playfair, #4 John Negrin, #34 Carter Bancks, #6 Chris Breen, #24 Matt Keith


The team after the cuts.


And no heads were shaved here, I don’t think any ladies stepped up! Terri Breker, Director of Marketing, and yours truly packing up.
Thanks Derek for the pic!