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Pod Brings Good Cheer To Food Bank

Whaler defencemen Cooper De Waal (left) and Mat Morison (right, green jersey) offer the team's food bank donations to Sources Food Bank White Rock/South Surrey | Photo courtesy of Alistair Burns, White Rock Whalers.

Cooper De Waal, Mat Morison drop off non-perishable goods.

SOUTH SURREY – Instead of a crisp tape-to-tape pass inside Centennial Arena, rookie defencemen Cooper De Waal and Mathew Morison made a wholly different hand-off on Dec. 20.

De Waal and Morison spent time at Sources Food Bank White Rock / South Surrey and dropped off non-perishable food items that players and fans had brought to games throughout December.

The food bank is only a 10-minute drive away from the Pod’s home rink. Jaye Murray, the food bank’s manager, thanked the players.

In addition to his white game-day jersey, De Waal, 18, wore a red St. Nicholas hat. He said that service on behalf of the local community was a “big part” of each Whaler’s responsibility.

Cooper De Waal volunteered to bring the food donations into Sources. "You need food to fuel your body – and without it, you just couldn’t play,” he said.

Players and fans donated those items at December home games.

‘Impossible’ to succeed without food: De Waal

I posed an existential question to the Whalers: without access to food, how would the Pod really fare on the ice?

“It would be pretty much impossible – you need food to fuel your body – and without it, you just couldn’t play,” De Waal thoughtfully answered.

On a lighter note, Morison added that his favourite pre-game meal was perogies; De Waal stuck to a hockey staple: chicken and rice.

left to right: Whaler Jacob Dorohoy kneels next to non-perishable items collected on behalf of Sources Food Bank with teammates Matt Burry, Sam Dowell and Bryce Margetson.  | Photo courtesy of Alistair Burns, White Rock Whalers.