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'Hockey is great, but life is bigger'; Song supports suicide prevention through Do It For Daron foundation

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By Emma Jackson

Arts - Hockey is pretty important to many Canadians, but one musician is hoping to make suicide prevention an even higher priority than our national pastime.

Greely singer-songwriter Larry Pegg has written We Love Hockey for a CBC Hockey Night in Canada songwriting competition, but his song aims higher than just a regular spot on national television.

"There's only one song in the contest that is fighting for something other than a song," said Pegg. "I'm fighting for life."

The father of two lost one of his daughters to suicide nearly six years ago. He has spent the past year promoting his first album in support of Do It For Daron, a youth mental health charity focused on suicide prevention. Daron Richardson, son of former Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson, took her life at age 14 in 2010, and the charity was formed in her name.

"(I'm fighting) to help kids that are suffering, to help parents avoid what I've gone through and what Luke and Stephanie Richardson have gone through," Pegg said.

He said the enthusiasm for hockey in this country is unmatched, and he's hoping to harness some of that energy for his cause.

"Sport in general is the most powerful way to bond people," he said. "To be able to get that message across in the Hockey Night in Canada theme is an awesome achievement for mental health because so many players have experienced mental health issues."

The song is available for play at CBCmusic.ca or at his website, lpgroove.ca. Pegg is encouraging people to vote every day until Dec. 11 when the first round of voting ends.

"If we finish well or even win this contest, I will be re-recording this song with (Canadian singer-songwriter) Joel Plaskett and performing it for Hockey Day in Canada in Lloydminster, Alta," he said.

A portion of proceeds from all downloads of We Love Hockey and his album Before and Afterlife and the Theory of Positivity will be donated to Do It For Daron.

Pegg's hockey song has been garnering a lot of attention as he travels to hockey games across the Ottawa Valley playing for audiences and encouraging them to vote.

Four university women's hockey teams have also thrown their support behind Pegg's campaign, including the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

On Nov. 30 the Ravens team joined Pegg before their game to film a special video of the song.

"They understand the cause," Pegg said. "They're right at the age my daughter was (when she died)."

For more information visit lpgroove.ca.

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