- And when grandpa found out, he wasn’t happy about it, at all.
Keith Redl, said grandpa, was outraged once he found out that his grandson, an eight-year-old boy, had won some unsavory prizes from a hockey tournament. He said the boy had won about $200 worth of pot products.
Redl’s grandson plays in a youth hockey league and he had entered to win some prizes. “Each team is usually responsible for putting a gift basket or prize package together with a minimum value of $50,” Redl said. “And then what they do is they have a big setup and they have a paper bag taped in front of each of these prizes.”
Usually the prizes are geared towards children, it being a youth function and all. Redl’s grandson put his raffle tickets into a specific bag. After, his family was notified that the boy had won, “$200 worth of pot.”
A picture taken of the winnings show cannabis paraphernalia, edibles, a lighter, and a smoking apparatus. “My grandson thought he won a great prize,” Redl said. He was excited to tell his father about it.
“’Dad, I won chocolate!‘ No, son, there’s bad drugs in the chocolate.’ How do you explain that to a kid?”
A statement issued but the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association explained that the prize was meant for adults and never for the children. “The products did not appear on the donation table, only a photo and list of the items contained in the basket,” according to the statement.
The raffle winner was given the option not to accept the prize. Redl has been a policeman for 32 years and referred to the situation as ridiculous.
“There is no place for drugs at a child’s hockey tournament,” he said.
The association says they are updating their policies to “ensure going forward out charitable events are in keeping with out policies and government policies.”