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NEW MOVES – The PNW Group peewee hockey team learm Bhangra dance moves from local instructor Gurdeep Pandher to make a Bhangra and hockey crossover video.

Learning Bhangra dancing in quest for Good Deeds Cup

A peewee minor hockey team is taking the city by storm, but not just by their actions on the ice.

By Dustin Cook on January 23, 2018

A peewee minor hockey team is taking the city by storm, but not just by their actions on the ice.

The PNW Group hockey team from the Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association is one of 10 semifinalists in the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup contest challenging peewee hockey teams from across the country to give back to their communities.

The team submitted a video of good deeds they did in Whitehorse including working with Habitat for Humanity, donating their time at the Whitehorse Food Bank as well as visiting Copper Ridge Place and singing Christmas carols.

Being selected as a semifinalist, the team has already won $2,000 for the charity of their choice, the Whitehorse Food Bank.

“They love the support and the attention,” PNW head coach Mike Nemeth said of the food bank’s reaction to the donation. “They’re appreciative of the fact we’ve chosen them to be our charity.”

Nemeth said he has continued to volunteer with the food bank and has seen how much they could use monetary donations.

“I’ve recognized how important this money would be to our local food bank,” he said.

If the team advances as one of the three finalists, they will be able to raise more money for the food bank and other team prizes.

And that is where the team is asking for the public’s help. Advancing to the final is based on number of views of the team’s good deeds video on YouTube.

Out of the 10 teams, the PNW Group video is sitting in ninth in terms of views.

“We have to have some really solid days to catch up, but it’s still very doable,” Nemeth said.

Even with the good deeds portion of the contest over, the team has not stopped performing them.

They teamed up with local Bhangra instructor Gurdeep Pandher to learn the dance style Sunday at Lazulite Park.

“It was incredible. I think far better than anyone expected. The kids were just having a such a blast,” Nemeth said.

Both the team and Pandher had a great time, Nemeth said, noting that Pandher has filmed several crossover videos in the past, including with local athletes and musicians.

He has shared the dance with them and then participated in their discipline so both parties learn something from the experience.

“It’s just so easy when someone loves something it’s so easy for them to dare it with someone else,” Nemeth said. “Hockey found me a friend in the most unique place. The whole experience of filming that with Gurdeep and making that video definitely brought us together and definitely brought our community together.”

At the hockey and dance crossover lesson Sunday, Nemeth said the team also reached out to the community at the last minute to collect food donations and they left with an overflowing laundry basket after just a couple of hours.

Since advancing to the semifinals, the video link has been shared around on social media constantly and Nemeth said the city has supported the team and the food bank in trying to push them through to the final three.

“Whitehorse is 100 per cent on board. This has become Whitehorse’s team and cup to win, everywhere I go people have been telling me they’ve voted,” Nemeth said.

Voting by watching the YouTube video will continue until Sunday when the top three will then be announced.

And being a hockey coach, Nemeth said the final days of this contest is a lot like the third period of any hockey game and they have to keep pushing.

“People have shown how keen and excited they are,” he said. “We have to stay the track, play the full 60 minutes.”

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Sandy on Jan 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Bhangra and Ice-Hockey, match well!

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bill on Jan 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm

good job mike..keep the kids fighting.. well done

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