Nov 17, 2017 Recap
On November 17th, the Vancouver Canucks and BC Hockey hosted over 70 kids from across the province to participate in the first of two First Strides events at Rogers Arena that take place over the 2017-18 hockey season. Through this event, a wide range of initiation and novice-level hockey players, aged six to eight, have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the same ice as the Vancouver Canucks.
After receiving their own First Strides jersey, a high-five of encouragement, and photo with Fin, the minor hockey boys and girls skated onto the Canucks' home ice and performed a series of drills led by volunteer coaches. Proud parents watched and cheered on their players from the stands as the Canucks' very own Jake Virtanen and Troy Stecher also joined in on the fun. Virtanen and Stecher helped demonstrate and teach participants skating, stick handling, and shooting skills. Each child also received an autographed player card from both Canucks players as a memorable souvenir to mark the occasion.
After the players skated on the ice, they moved on to some dry land training. Off-ice activities allowed players to take a quick rest in the Norm Jewison Media Room as they watched videos about the Vancouver Canucks, and had the opportunity to ask questions about the team and sports with a BC Hockey facilitator. Children also got the chance to participate in two obstacle course activities that promoted the importance of strong teamwork, leadership, and having fun!
Overall, the initial First Strides event for the 2017/18 season was a huge success! There were many smiles from everyone involved, and the Vancouver Canucks are looking forward to hosting the next First Strides in the New Year.
Make friends, have fun and develop your skills! Canucks First Strides provides a great opportunity for minor hockey initiation/novice players and coaches to develop their skills, while skating alongside a Vancouver Canucks player* at Rogers Arena.
The program is open to all registered BC Hockey initiation/novice players and goalies aged six to eight. For each single-day event, 80 boys and girls (72 players and 8 goaltenders) will be randomly selected among the applicants.
Meeting at Rogers Arena, local minor hockey association coaches will work side by side with qualified BC Hockey course conductors to teach young players the first strides in becoming accomplished athletes, as well as quality individuals off the ice.
*Player appearances are based on availability.
Date: February 13th, 2018