Braden Hache Is Continuing to Brighten People's Lives
For Braden Haché, making a positive difference in the community is important. Whether it is within his own community in Newmarket, Ontario, his adopted community in Kingston and Fronts Nation, or on a national scale, the Frontenacs' defenceman is always hoping to brighten people's lives.
"I really started in Grade 9, when I got the chance to represent my grade on Relay For Life, that was pretty big," Haché said from his home in Newmarket. "I continued with that in Grade 10, and I was elected to the student council in Grade 11 before I came to Kingston. That's when I first got really involved in charity."
Away from high school, submersed in new surroundings and playing in the Ontario Hockey League, Haché wanted to continue giving back, he found his place in leading the Frontenacs fundraising efforts for Hockey Fights Cancer.
The Frontenacs raised over $5,500 through their 2019-20 Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, and the left-handed defenceman was at the forefront of the efforts, raising nearly half of the team's total. "It was something I was comfortable stepping into, and it was something I cared about," said Haché, who was able to build on the previous experiences he had gained through his school fundraising.
While the Hockey Fights Cancer campaign was one of his off-ice focuses, the 17-year-old also made sure to connect with the fans, moreso than many of his fellow OHL players. When Haché was sidelined for six weeks with an injury, he made the point of connecting with fans during games.
"I was already in the stands, so I thought it would be fun to interact with the fans. I know when I was younger, I used to really look up to guys in the OHL, so if I can talk to someone, grab a puck or do anything to give that same feeling, that's awesome."
Although in the stands is not where he wanted to be, there were some standout moments. "One game I went to see a gentleman who was celebrating his 90th birthday, he'd been a season ticket holder for a long-time, and we just talked about Kingston and hockey; I think that made his night at the Leon's Centre really special."
When the season came to an early end in March, it did not mean the end of Haché's charitable work. In June, he stumbled across the Hockey Gives Blood organization on the OHL's Instagram page and was immediately intrigued.
"I thought it was an important thing to do and thought, Why not? I can." After his quick thinking, he got in touch with Hockey Gives Blood and became a player ambassador. "I donated for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and my family joined me. It was a great experience, and I urge everybody to do it."
Whatever community it is, whether his hometown, Frontenacs fans or even those he doesn't know, at just 17-years-old, Braden Haché is one of the most caring people you can find, and he is always looking to make people's lives just a bit better.
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