Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Townsfolk Overwhelmed by Offers to Help after Theft of Gordie Howe Jersey

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Townsfolk Overwhelmed by Offers to Help after Theft of Gordie Howe Jersey

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Townsfolk overwhelmed by kindness over theft

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ASQUITH, Sask. - Folks in a small Saskatchewan town are taking heart at the kindness being shown them after the theft of an autographed Gordie Howe hockey jersey threw the future of the local rink into jeopardy.

People in Asquith had planned to raffle off the jersey -- donated by one of Howe's relatives -- to pay for continued upkeep on the arena and allow local kids to play hockey.

But the jersey was stolen recently from where it was being displayed in the rink, leaving volunteers at a loss to how they would be able to keep things going.

However, news stories about their plight have prompted an outpouring of good will from across the country.

Some people have called the town office, offering to donate cash.

Others have offered to donate their own memorabilia -- including a signed Sidney Crosby jersey - saying it's more important that kids have a place to play hockey than having a memento in their basement. …

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