Kraft Hockeyville launched its 4th annual event in Terrace, B.C on September 12 and 13th, 2009 where the city won $100,000 to put towards arena upgrades.
The Canucks and Islanders Alumni were on hand for the 2 day festivities as they offered their skills and knowledge to a community of enthusiastic hockey fans and players.
Alumni players involved were Cliff Ronning and Dave Babych for the Vancouver Canucks and Bryan Trottier, and Ken Morrow of the New York Islanders. They were on hand all day Sunday delivering 6 on-ice workshops to over 180 Terrace minor hockey players. Initiation through to midget players, as well as a local women’s team were put through the paces at the Sportsplex. Former Women’s Canadian hockey captain Cassie Campbell was also there to offer her support and experiences.
It was an exciting day for the kids as they got to skate amongst hockey greats and learn invaluable skills about the game. Alumni players were supported by BC hockey specialty instructors Aaron Hoffman and Fred Hudson and local coaches also lent a hand as these workshops proved to be popular for minor hockey players.
Kraft Hockeyville is a Canadian reality TV series developed by CBC Sports and allowed Canadian cities to compete for the opportunity to host an NHL preseason game. As 2009’s winner, the Terrace Sportsplex played host to the Vancouver Canucks as they battled to a 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders.
Alumni and Vancouver Canuck’s players were also prominent throughout the community as they visited local schools to speak to the kids and give autographs.
Rita Ames, former Vice President of the Terrace Minor Hockey Association played a key role in helping to make this event a success. She was able to witness the buzz that was created by the workshops put on by the alumni.
“For the kids, and the adults it was like being a kid in a candy store,” Ames said of the opportunity to skate alongside their idols. “The Alumni made a huge impact and above all they made it fun for the kids, it was history in the making.”
Ames said that for most kids the Alumni workshop was the best thing they have every done as a lot of kids will never have this opportunity again.
PHOTO GALLERYStory by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate