Devoted volunteer earns Our Game's Star of the Week
Jayson Moonie has spent his life volunteering at the arena but has never played
Ever since he was 10 years old, Jayson Moonie — Our Game's Star of the Week — has been involved with hockey in almost every capacity — except for one.
He's never been on the ice.
Scorekeeper, goal judge, concession worker, water boy — the 31-year-old from Penticton, B.C., has volunteered for them all.
"I didn't play hockey, I was kind of on the sidelines the whole way growing up," he said.
Moonie didn't play when he was young, he said, because his mom thought he was "too small."
Later, when his older stepbrother and eventually, his younger brother, began playing the game, Moonie did everything he could to get involved with their teams.
"I still liked to watch them and I used to do anything I could do to help out," he said. "I've spent my life at the arenas."
It's a passion that continues today, and what drove him to join the Our Game Community.
The site "seemed like a good place" to connect with other hockey fans across Canada, he said, adding that his favourite NHL teams are the Oilers, Red Wings and Rangers.
More than a fan
Today, Moonie is at the local arena three times a week, cheering on his favourite junior A team, the Penticton Vees.
He's not just a fan.
Moonie volunteers doing live stats updates of the Penticton team in the Fan Zone section of the British Columbia Hockey League website BCHL.bc.ca.
In the Community section of Our Game, Moonie began posting photos of the Vees in action under his profile "shades23."
He volunteers for the Vees, he said, because he loves the game.
"It's exciting to watch, and with the younger kids, it's how they smile and enjoy playing. And it's neat the way you go to the arena and everyone knows each other, it's a community thing," Moonie said.
As this week's Our Game Star, Moonie will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada this Saturday and can win two tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Find out how you can become an Our Game Star.