As Sid Daley reflects back on his life, there isn’t much this Canadian veteran hasn’t done, from riding the rails during the Great Depression to becoming Canada’s oldest living member of the Ontario Provincial Police. But ask the 102-year-old about his fondest memories and he’ll tell you that, just this past year, he dropped the puck in front of 10,000 people at one of the 2014 Memorial Cup games in London.
In May 2014, veterans – both young and old – were honoured by the Memorial Cup, which included a veteran dropping the puck at each game and the best seats in the house at Budweiser Gardens. The tournament also supports care programs at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute. From a silent auction to 50/50 draws at each game, nearly $100,000 was raised by the Memorial Cup to benefit inpatient and outpatient services for veterans and actively-serving soldiers.
While the London Knights lost the 2014 Memorial Cup, the real winners were men and women like Sid who served on behalf of Canada and are now being cared for by St. Joseph’s.
Read more about the Memorial Cup’s tribute to veterans at Parkwood Institute and view photos of a special visit by the cup and stars of the game (on Flickr).