The man behind a $7,500,000 donation to Kimberley hockey hopes the money benefits local youth for years to come.
Mike Gould revealed Friday night at the Kimberley Dynamiters’ game he’s pledging the money to the local minor hockey association and KIJHL organization.
The born and raised Kimberley product tells The Drive FM the decision was simple, he loves hockey.
Gould joked after falling in love with the NHL in the early 90s but realizing he wasn’t going to ever make it there as a player, he still wanted to be involved in hockey someway.
The 38 year old says he then won the lottery overseas in 2008 and has been investing the winnings since.
He says his passion for hockey has never died and he hopes the Dynamiters organization pays it forward.
Gould, who now splits his time between the East Kootenay and Calgary, says the team should use what they need to cover necessary expenses, purchase a new bus but also use it to offer assistance to parents, billets and members of the community.
He suggests the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association should use the funds to create opportunities for children who otherwise couldn’t afford to play to be able to get one the ice.
He asserts, bottom line, he wants more kids playing sports and being active in the community.
Gould adds, just imagine, if one local kid goes on to become the one in a million to crack be a professional hockey player and it was because they had a chance to play when they otherwise wouldn’t.
He says that would make it all worth it.
As much as his adoration of Canada’s game led to his generous donation, Gould admits it also comes from the gratitude he has towards his late mother.
He says, if she was still here, she would have been right there with him on the ice Friday and when he was making the announcement she would be yelling “That’s my boy!”.
Gould reminisces about memories of all the hockey games he’s been to over the years, and he says one of the constants was his mom being right there in the stands with him.
He says his mother just loved hockey, and that’s another reason he was compelled to make this gesture.
– Kimberley native Mike Gould on his late mother
(Photo courtesy of Kimberley Dynamiters//Right-On Photography)