Release date: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
Voodoos defenceman Peltier cuts hair for worthy cause
Photo credit: Chris Dawson
POWASSAN — For Bo Peltier, sitting in the middle of a gymnasium in front of a crowd of students isn’t really his thing.
But the soft spoken 18-year-old Widdifield Senior Secondary School student and second year defenceman with the Powassan Voodoos, put this fears aside for a good cause.
On Friday Peltier had his long black hair cut for the first time in three years. The hair is being donated to “Locks For Love” to help make a wig for a cancer patient.
Peltier can relate to that as his grandmother passed away from the disease and needed a wig herself.
“She wore a wig during the time – before she passed away – and we had questions and everything about it and our parents would answer so we decided me and my younger brother Evan that we would grow our hair for cancer and ever since we’ve just kind of cut it and grown it out, and we cut it again,” said Peltier.
The hair cut was part of the Terry Fox Walk festivities which took place at the North Bay high school Friday morning.
Finally when the hair was cut by hair stylist Tessa Mbolekwa, Peltier let out a loud sigh as the scissors cut through his thick black locks.
Then, the gymnasium erupted in cheers.
At that moment Peltier realized he was really making a difference.
“It feels good, it always brings a good feeling knowing you are doing something good, it’s just a good thing,” he said.
Now Peltier’s next challenge is to figure out without that hair will he be able to fit into his old hockey helmet.
“I am going to have to tighten up the helmet, maybe get a new one, who knows, it’s been a while since I’ve had short hair,” said Peltier, who plays junior hockey with the Powassan Voodoos.
Voodoos GM Chris Dawson was at the ceremony.
“This wasn’t easy for Bo as he’s a very shy young man but we are very proud to see him step up and think of helping others by donating his hair. It’s truly a selfless act,” said Dawson.
“We encourage our players to get involved in the community and Bo is certainly a fine example for our team.”
The Voodoos return to the ice Friday evening as they put their 7-0 record on the line vs. the 6-2 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in a 7 p.m. start at the Powassan Sportsplex.