The Manitoba NRL athletes showed they care. On May 9 at Southdale Arena, the Winnipeg Prairie Fire and the Manitoba Jets played a benefit game in aid of a young ringette player who needs to travel to Edmonton for life saving heart surgery.
Ten year old Kaitlyn Schade was introduced prior to the start of the game and she carried the ring to centre ice for the start of the game. Many fans were wearing Kaitlyn bandanas. It was great to see the ringette community come together for such a cause. Prior to the NRL game, the remaining Manitoba players vying for spots on the Canada Winter Games team played a fast paced game.
In the NRL game, the fans in attendance supported Kaitlyn and were treated to a scoring fest. In the end, the Prairie Fire skated to a 9 – 7 victory. Although it was off season, the players showed off their skills and entertained the fans for a worthy cause.