NORTH SAANICH, British Columbia -- Hockey fans on Vancouver Island aren't the only ones excited about having the Vancouver Canucks play the San Jose Sharks on Monday as the main event of Kraft Hockeyville.
Veteran NHL linesman Lonnie Cameron is excited to work in his hometown again.
"When I step out on the ice, the hairs on the back of my head will be going off," Cameron said. "I grew up 12 blocks from the rink. I've been looking forward to this date on the calendar."
Going into his 20th year in the NHL and with more than 1,100 games under his belt, it takes a lot for Cameron to get excited about an assignment. But the chance to work in front of family and friends in an arena overlooked by the one he grew up playing in was enough to do it.
"That's where I started pee wee pup hockey, seven-, eight- years old," said Cameron, who grew up playing with former NHL players such as Joe Reekie and Dan Woodley. "My picture is on the wall."