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Referees donate wages, raise $500 in memory of 'Mikey' Labonte
From left: Chris Weir, Dave Holt, Corey Fowler, Tim Penner, Ryan Jarret, Vine Rines and Brain Shultz. (Supplied/Jessica Maxwell)

All 23 members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Minor Hockey Referees Association donated their wages from the Michael “Mikey” Labonte memorial hockey game in November and made additional donations, raising a total of $500.

The money was presented by Tim Penner, head of the NOTL Minor Hockey Referees Association, referees Dave Holt, Brain Shultz, Chris Weir and Corey Fowler to Mikey’s former head coach Vince Rines. The money will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“We appreciate the referees chipping in so unexpectedly. It’s a big bonus to the charity and we thank them for that and supporting us,” said Rines.

“This is something that I felt was important to the team. An opportunity to be with Mikey during the summer when he was going through his battle (with cancer) and also to be there, not only at the end, but also through the season to understand how important he was and how important it is to give back to the people that helped him and his family out during this time.”