Your Vancouver Canuck Alumni have embarked on a new season of community visits and charitable adventures, returning from a trip to Greater Victoria with a "W" to begin the 2014-15 campaign.
Led by three goals from fan favourite Cliff Ronning, the senior squad held off a determined, third-period challenge from their Island hosts ... posting a 5-3 win over the Victoria Cougars, a Junior B squad playing in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
The Alumni got away to an early lead and built a four-goal advantage after 40 minutes before their hosts got on the scoreboard. The Cougars clawed their way back into the game and came within one, before the "Rat" got his "hat" ... netting his third goal of the Sunday-afternoon contest into an empty net with under 15 seconds left on the clock. Teammates Dennis Pederson and David Bruce recorded singles to complete the conquest.
The big winner on the day was the Canadian Cancer Society and its annual "Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock" campaign ... a police-propelled team about to embark on a grueling cycling circuit around Vancouver Island to raise funds on behalf of the Society's treatment and prevention programs. Every aspect of the entire hockey event at Esquimalt's Archie Browning Arena saw proceeds directed to the cause: gate admissions, 50-50 sales, a silent auction and a share of food and beverage revenues.
Look for the Canuck Alumni to hit the ice next in the Royal City in early December, at the biennial New Westminster Fire Department's "Hydrant Cup" encounter ... followed shortly thereafter by their annual Rogers Arena appearance at the Canucks' Superskills event, also set for the weeks leading up to Christmas.