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DiPietro back in town, doing his part to give back to the community

DiPietro poses with Mission staff

The hockey season is over and Michael DiPietro has returned to his hometown.

DiPietro, 25, was at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Friday to launch a raffle he is doing in partnership with the Amherstburg Admirals Jr. C team. DiPietro and members of the Admirals were in Toddy Jones Park Canada Day selling tickets with a signed DiPietro goalie stick being the prize.

“I want to do something for the town,” said DiPietro. 

Deciding he wanted to donate a signed stick, he worked with the Admirals to help promote the stick raffle. Tickets were offered for $10 each with proceeds benefitting the mission.

“We’re trying to raise as much money as we can to relieve some of the stresses they are experiencing,” the Boston Bruins prospect said. “Hopefully we are going to do some good for people in the community who need it the most. The Admirals helped me out (with the fundraiser). I appreciate it.”

DiPietro said his family regularly makes charitable donations and he wanted to continue that and make a contribution himself. He brainstormed with the Admirals and they worked together on the signed stick raffle fundraiser.

“Amherstburg is the best town and will always be home to me,” said DiPietro. “It means a lot.”

Admirals general manager Andrew Sykes said the initiative was DiPietro’s and they were happy to contribute. He said the Admirals played field hockey on Canada Day with kids and the children have a good time with the Jr. C players.

“It’s pretty fun,” said Sykes, who was joined by co-owner Greg Crain at the mission last Friday. “We enjoy it.”

“I’m very thankful for this. We can help others. It’s about people helping people,” said McAllister. “Every little bit helps us meet the needs. When I see things like this, I smile.”

DiPietro had an 18-9-2 record and 2.51 goals against average (GAA) during the regular season with the Providence Bruins, Boston’s AHL farm club. He was also 0-2 with a 3.55 GAA in two playoff games.

DiPietro back in town, doing his part to give back to the community

By Ron Giofu

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