Goalie, 80, honoured with police hockey jersey

John Snesar has been playing for the Abbotsford Police's noon-hour team for 30 years.

Goalie, 80, honoured with police hockey jersey

The long-time goalie for the Abbotsford Police Department‘s noon-hour hockey team was recently presented with a special gift from the crew.

John Snesar, who, at age 80, has spent 30 years between the pipes for the APD Thunderbirds, was given a team jersey that is normally reserved for retired APD officers.

Snesar, a retired corrections officer, said he was surprised to be presented with such an honour.

He said he still loves playing the game.

“This is a great group of guys, good camaraderie with them, and it’s great hockey.”

APD Deputy Chief Rick Lucy, a member of the team, said the squad wanted to do something to honour their long-time goalie.

“We just love the guy. We’re just impressed with him and just wanted to recognize him with one of our jerseys … He’s been a longstanding part of our hockey.”

Snesar plans to stay involved with the squad for as long as he’s able.

“I got new pads, so I’ll probably have to stick it out for a few years if all goes well.”

The Thunderbirds consists of current and former police officers, sheriffs, correction officers, and others.