Governor General David Johnston dropped the puck at the inaugural Canal Classic hockey game Thursday morning onthe Rideau Canal.

Peter MacKay Rideau Canal Classic

Justice Minister Peter MacKay laced up for the first Canal Classic hockey game. (CBC)

Parliamentarians, members of the media and athletes gathered for a friendly hockey game as the Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat cheered them on.

The event raised money for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, a national program that helps kids in need participate in organized sports and recreational activities.