Issac Newton School students battled Winnipeg cops in a 9-5 loss as part of the second annual Cop Cup hockey tournament held at the school last week.
With some 70 students hooting and hollering each play, the lunchtime game featured officers from Winnipeg Police District 3, which covers an area between Dufferin Avenue to the Perimeter Highway and the Red River to Route 90.
"As opposed to the police needing to be here, we wanted to be here," said Brian Chrupalo, director of Unit #3.
"Sometimes their interactions with police aren’t positive. It’s more than just being in a cruiser car. This is an opportunity for them to see we’re real people too."
Many of the officers who participated grew up in the North End and the inner city, Chrupalo added.
Isaac Newton has an intramural floor hockey league that includes about 30 students across six teams, one of them an all-girls’ team.
Located at 730 Aberdeen Ave., the school is in a high-crime area, said principal Sharon Pekrul.
Having officers come play a few periods of Canada’s favourite sport helps police create a better image of themselves in both law-abiding kids and those on the fence.
"How often do you get to play floor hockey and rub (shoulders with) a cop?" Pekrul said.