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Here's why police were at the Bradford leisure centre today (10 photos)

The third annual Copper Cup took place at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre, with proceeds going toward the Helping Hand Food Bank

While police may normally be in charge, they were no match for a group of Bradford West Gwillimbury teenagers, who beat them 8-3 in a charity hockey game Tuesday.

A team of students from Bradford District High School beat South Simcoe police officers on the ice at the BWG Leisure Centre in the third annual Copper Cup.

The event raises food and cash donations for local food banks. This year, the Helping Hand Food Bank in BWG was the recipient.

More than $1,100 and 500 pounds of food were raised, as well as about $320 from the sale of 160 tickets.

Water, pop, chips and pizza were available for purchase at the game, and a John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs jersey was given away during the puck toss.

“It’s another opportunity for us to be engaging with the youth of the community — chat with them, play some hockey, raise some money for the food bank,” said South Simcoe Police Chief Andrew Fletcher. “Regardless of the outcome, (there are) a lot of wins today,” he said.

Officers from several different departments participated or came to watch, as well as a couple retired officers. Another police officer supplied the music for the game.

“We’re trying to encourage healthy living and wellbeing in the community. The importance of working together,” Fletcher said.

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Jenni Dunning is a community editor and reporter who covers news in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
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