Dec. 17, 2023


As a fundraiser for the DIFD foundation, the 1st Annual DIFD Game was held on Thursday, December 20th 2012 between the PWHL Ottawa Senators and Nepean Jr. Wildcats at the Bell Sensplex. 

Since then the gameday,  which now also includes the U18AA and U15AA Lady Sens' and Nepean Wildcats' teams, has been held annually at the Bell Sensplex. The Sensplex remains a key sponsor. All proceeds from the event, now celebrating its 11th year (with a break for the COVID pandemic) go directly to the DIFD Foundation.  

Please join us this year on December 17th 2023 at the Bell Sensplex to watch some great hockey and support the ongoing conversation about youth mental health.

Schedule as follows:

  • 12:15 to 3:00 pm     Nepean Jr Wildcats @ OLS U22AA League Game
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm       Nepean @ OLS Alumni Game
  • 4:00 to 5:30 pm       Nepean Wildcats U15AA @ OLS U15 AA Exhibition Game
  • 5:45 to 7:30 pm       Nepean Wildcats U18 AA @ OLS U18 AA League Game

All games will be livestreamed on the Ottawa Lady Jr Senators YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@OttawaJrLadySens

You can read about the DIFD Foundation and make a donation to DIFD here:  https://www.difd.com/donate




About DIFD

In November 2010 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. Daron’s parents, Luke and Stephanie Richardson, decided to transform their very private pain into a public call-to-action and made a decision to support young people who struggle with mental illness.

The Richardsons are well known in hockey circles and have a strong history with the Lady Sens organisation. Luke, the current Head Coach of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, was the Head Coach of the PWHL Lady Sens while their elder daughter Morgan played for the Lady Sens from 2009 to 2012.  Daron was a popular member of the Bantam AA Lady Sens.  

From the energy and effort of dozens of Daron’s close friends and classmates, including those in the local hockey community, Do It For Daron (DIFD) was formed as a grassroots movement with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations and transforming youth mental health. 


If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health, please know that help is available. You can find a list of agencies offering free and confidential services to help you out in tough times on the Do It For Daron website - https://www.difd.com/resources 



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