Hitchcock throws weight behind North Bay charity

Ken Pagan, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:11 PM ET

Tom Hedican’s Coach4Food campaign is getting a boost from Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock, who will also serve as an associate coach of the Canadian men’s hockey team at the Olympics in February, has thrown his support behind this season's Coach4Food campaign in North Bay after being asked to simply record a public service announcement.

Hedican, who coordinates the program by donating time at local hockey and ringette practices in exchange for donations to the North Bay Food Bank, hooked up with Hitchcock through Blue Jackets’ assistant coach Gary Agnew, who worked with Hedican with the OHL’s London Knights.

After recording a promotional message for a local radio station, Hedican received an e-mail indicating Hitchcock wanted to do more to help out this year’s Coach4Food campaign, which begins in December.

Thus, Hitchcock has offered four notable items to be auctioned off for the campaign’s benefit:

— a pair of tickets to a Columbus vs. Ottawa Senators game at Scotiabank Place, Nov. 26.

— an autographed jersey of the Blue Jackets’ 2008-09 Calder Trophy winner, goaltender Steve Mason

— an autographed jersey of Blue Jackets’ captain and sniper Rick Nash

— an autographed Ken Hitchcock Team Canada Olympic jersey.

Hedican indicated in an e-mail that he didn’t think surpassing last year’s total of 60,000 pounds of food bank donations was possible, but he’s “starting to wonder.”

Hedican, a professional goaltending consultant based in Switzerland, will return to North Bay next month to start the month-long Coach4Food campaign.


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