Former Barrie Colts forward Eric Locke has been named a Director with Hockey Gives Blood.
Locke, who played parts of two seasons with the Colts (2010-2012) and was a seventh-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, joins the non-profit society that has partnered with the Canadian Blood Services in an effort to engage and educate the hockey community about the importance of blood and stem cell donation.
Locke, himself a multi-blood donor, will look to increase blood donations in the nation’s capital and throughout the region. He will work with hockey programs throughout the area to raise awareness for both blood and stem cell donations.
The Toronto native recently completed his hockey career with the University of Ottawa GeeGees and believes helping Hockey Gives Blood is a great transition from playing the game to giving back to the community.
The 25-year-old is currently completing his Doctorate of Medicine. He has seen the first-hand need for blood following the Ottawa public transportation bus crash in January of this year, as well as the consistent use of blood for those with chronic illnesses.
Locke was acquired by the Colts in a trade from the Windsor Spitfires at the OHL trade deadline on Jan.10 of 2011. He would record 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points in 48 games in Barrie, before he was dealt to the Saginaw Spirit at the OHL trade deadline the following season.