Ashley Gilbank’s Remarkable Journey for DIFD Provides Many Hockey Memories

October 2nd, 2012 by Mark Staffieri Leave a reply »

Since June, Ashley Gilbank has rollerbladed across Canada with the hopes of raising funds for mental health research. On her Skate 4 Life hockey jersey is the purple heart logo of Do It For Daron, the charity that commemorates the life of Daron Richardson, daughter of former NHL player Luke Richardson and sister of Cornell Big Red player Morgan Richardson.

During her swing of the Prairie provinces in Canada, she had the opportunity to visit numerous National Hockey League arenas. Her first stop was the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, home of the Winnipeg Jets.

“It was amazing! The arena was new, and Barrett was an amazing tour guide. He showed us around and we talked about hockey, the building, the cause, everything. It was really inspiring as well, given the circumstances with Rick Rypien. His death was fresh in their minds and they were really supportive of the cause.”

Rick Rypien was a hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks but was acquired by the Jets before the start of the 2011-12 NHL season. “ ...

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