On Sunday February 17. 2008, Campbell River played host to 12 former Canucks as the Canuck Alumni took on the Campbell River Older Timers Hockey club.
The two teams engaged in a highly entertaining hockey game, though it was the on-ice antics of the Canuck Alumni that stole the show. As the game wound down, Canuck forward Chris Oddleifson produced some financial incentives for the referees, bribing the official with bills of all colours. Oddleifson pulled out some cash in order to move the face-off from the Canuck defensive zone, and into a prime position right in front of the Campbell River net. The Canucks scored on the play and ended up on the right side of an 11-3 score, but Sunday’s game was more about having fun and giving back to the community then who won and lost.
According to Campbell River Old Timer Rick Dorman, the game showcased the talent of all the players while raising money for a good cause. The money raised from this event will be donated to the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association.
Oddleifson, a forward for the Canuck Alumni team, said the chance to reunite with some of his former teammates and play for charity was too good to pass up. “I jokingly say that what I miss about hockey is the camaraderie and the midday naps, but I do this for charity,” he said. “We have a wonderful group of guys who get together once a week to skate and we are a great vehicle as far as raising money for charity.”
When asked about what he thought the community would take out of the game, Oddleifson laughed and noted that there was something for everybody, and that’s what made the game special. “The fans will remember the bribe and having fun and the Campbell River players will enjoy playing with these elite players, they will appreciate the skill sets the alumni players have,” he said, adding the bribe was both a joke and a common strategic maneuver.
And if all the on-ice entertainment wasn’t enough for the fans who packed into Strathcona Gardens, the Campbell River Minor Hockey Association had some surprises up their sleeves. During each intermission, Canuck jerseys were auctioned off to help support Campbell River Minor Hockey.
On the Saturday prior to Sunday’s game, the Alumni made an appearance at the local Boston Pizza for a meet and greet where local hockey fans were treated to pictures and autographs from the players.
For more information on bringing the alumni to your town or the upcoming games call 604 899 7770 or visit canucks.com/alumni.