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Apr. 1, 2015

The Chester Flurries were outscored 147 to 2 during league play this year. They didn’t win a game. But, you know? They always had fun.

Earlier this year, the Chester Flurries won the Cole Harbour installment of the Hometown Hockey Cheer Like Never Before Contest. That means that this week, they are in the running for the national prize thanks to this cheer:

You can vote for the Chester Flurries here.

Their coach Chris Hayes has been sharing the Flurries’ story for weeks and before yesterday’s game against Finland, he sent a letter to Halifax’s Jill Saulnier who is currently competing with Canada’s national women’s team in Malmo, Sweden at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Jill wrote Chris back.

Jill’s Letter

I woke up to this email forwarded to me, and as I usually wait until after our games over here at World Championships in Sweden to get back to everyone, your girls story caught my eye and I wanted to shoot you and the girls a quick email!

I just wanted to congratulate the Flurries on an exceptional year. At the end of the day, the character and motivation that your girls have shown is something that simply cannot be taught in a hockey player, and will take them all very far both on and off the ice. Very often, we see the "Hockey Heroes" as the individuals decorated with victories and awards, but it is young girls like the Flurries who are the heroes in my eyes, and make me so proud to be able to say that I grew up playing hockey in Nova Scotia. I wish all of you the absolute best of luck in the voting, and if there is anything I can do for you or the Flurries, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email.

Yours in hockey,

Jill Saulnier

Hayes says he was blown away by Saulnier’s response.

“In short, I was astonished that Jill would take the time, just hours before the Finland game to offer her words of support and encouragement to the fine young women who make up the Flurries team,” Hayes said. “It showed incredible character, that her family, past coaches and teammates should honour. The team and their parents were moved to tears when they were recognized for their accomplishments by a representative of our country. Whether the Flurries win this competition is irrelevant at this point. As my assistant coach Joel Mills said yesterday, ‘These girls have already won. What they have learned through this experience, they will carry for the rest of their lives.’

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish the best of luck to both the Flurries and to Jill as the competition heats up this week!

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