Hockey fans gathered as the BCHL skated into Kitimat
The LNG Canada BCHL roadshow came to Kitimat this weekend with a full itinerary. Most of the action was hosted at the Tamitik Arena, with the Langley Rivermen and the Prince George Spruce Kings splitting their two games. Prince George won Saturday's match 5-1, but Langley prevailed yesterday, 2-1 in overtime. LNG Canada Corporate Affairs Director Susannah Pierce thinks this an excellent opportunity for locals to see the speed and skill of teams in the BCHL.
"We have chosen BCHL this year to bring kind of the younger set of players to the community because I think these guys provide closer role models to the kids that are junior or younger than them and look up to them and say hey I could be one of these guys. The coolest thing about BCHL in my mind is how much they care about kids playing sports but also kids getting an education. That's in part why BCHL and LNG Canada came together."
BCHL, Executive Director for Competition and Events Steven Cocker said the pre-game festivities provided many activities for the whole family to enjoy.
"So all the players that were at the clinic yesterday they are competing in a Prince George vs Langley game, so we have that. Obviously, the Canucks alumni are here too to coach as well as celebrity coaches. We have the Fan Zone starting at 1 pm. There will be a bunch of stick handling, obstacle courses target shot and just a fun time for the community to come out and get an idea what the BCHL is about, talk to some of the BCHL players, the Canucks alumni as I said and then 7 pm puck drops for the big game. It's going to be an exciting one."
With some Vancouver Canucks' alumni, including Jyrki Lumme and Dave Babych in town, they made some appearances at local schools on Friday and also hosted hockey clinics.
"Most of the kids know who we are; they haven't seen us play either maybe on YouTube, but they do their research or their parents where fans way back. It was nice, people in certain situations or when we went to the finals in 94. A lot of people remember those days. They ask questions about it, they talk about it, how special it was for them. We obviously say it was special for us too. We had a lot of fun."
Great crowds came out to take in the action, and all had a lot of fun. All proceeds raised at the event went to "Kidsport" along with a donation made by LNG Canada of 20-thousand dollars.