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McCammond had a similar conversation with the Raiders and their team chaplain, Shane Acorn.

“It's always great to hear different stories and hear Dean's story about his hockey career and everything he's been through,” Raiders forward Aiden Oiring said.

Raiders forward Cole Purdon added: “It's been great… It's great to hear different perspectives on things and Shane is running a good show out there with Church, so it's great.”

McCammond, who played for nine NHL teams during his professional career, said the passion for hockey is still evident in small Saskatchewan communities.

“Everyone gathers at the rink, and it's not just PA,” he said. “In Tisdale, when the Trojans were playing, the arena was packed and it was their community event, and this is a big midget. And when I was in Nipawin [with the Hawks]That arena was packed… there were probably about 750 people there that night. “It was just a great atmosphere.”

“It's a passion. When you get to the NHL, it's a passion for some people but it's a huge job for others. It's refreshing to be here and watch this great old Saskatchewan farm boy's hockey at the grassroots level.”

McAmmond spent parts of three seasons with the PA Raiders from 1989 to 1993 before winning a WHL championship with the Swift Current Broncos in 1993 to cap off his major league career.

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