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Players’ partners join Oiler to build Habitat home

When Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers isn’t stopping pucks for the copper and blue, you may find him on a job site sawing wood for a family near you.

When Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers isn’t stopping pucks for the copper and blue, you may find him on a job site sawing wood for a family near you.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, along with a few Oilers wives and girlfriends, joined Deslauriers out in Stony Plain yesterday to help build a home for a Habitat for Humanity family.

“I’m just here to help the community. It’s always a good thing to do,” Deslauriers said. “As a hockey player we’re busy in the winter, and in the summer we just have training, so it’s a good way to give our time to a great cause.”

Deslauriers’ girlfriend, Meghan Klatchuck, seemed a little more comfortable with the table saw than the Oilers backstop, not to mention the fact that she’s trained to handle a medical emergency, should the need arise.

“I’m a registered nurse so hopefully my skills and capabilities won’t be put to use today,” she said. “A home is a foundation for a family, so it’s really nice to be a part of something that can get people back on their feet and help out in the community.”

Habitat volunteers were working on two six-plex homes in Stony Plain and hope to have them finished by the end of November.

 
 
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