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Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks Communications department is proud to announce the third annual season of The Botchford Project, a program sponsored by The Athletic, honouring the legacy of the late Jason Botchford.


Through its first two seasons, The Botchford Project has awarded a mentorship experience to 12 aspiring writers, providing each recipient the opportunity to work under the guidance of a member of Vancouver's sports media for a day.


This season, The Botchford Project will present six more participants with an unforgettable experience as they spend a day following in Jason's footsteps by covering a Canucks game live from Rogers Arena and having their paid article published on This year's finalists will partake in the program in two groups of three on dates to be confirmed later.


"The Botchford Project continues a legacy Jason inspired during his career covering the Vancouver Canucks," said Chris Brumwell, VP Communications, Community Engagement & Social Impact. "He was always looking at ways to mentor young, aspiring writers as they were trying to break into the industry. The support of our local sports media has been tremendous and we are proud to continue The Botchford Project again this year."


"Jason would have been so humbled by The Botchford Project initiative," said Kathryn Botchford. "For him, supporting young writers was critical to the future of journalism. He was so passionate about this industry and seeing it evolve through young, emerging writers. This initiative enables a community to pay it forward by continuing what he started. My family and I are incredibly honoured and so grateful to see Jason's legacy continue through The Botchford Project."


Applications for the 2021.22 season are now open until Friday, January 14, 2022 at 11:59pm.


The Botchford Project is made possible from the support of Kathryn Botchford, Jeff Paterson, Thomas Drance and Ben Kuzma.