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Canucks Centre First Strides in Campbell River

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks Centre for BC Hockey took their First Strides Initiation Program to the road as they visited Campbell River on Sunday January 10, 2010. Strathcona Gardens played host to 72 registered BC Hockey players under the age of 8. Bayer Contour in partnership with BC Hockey sponsored the event, which is the second of four First Strides Events scheduled for this hockey season. Participants aged 4 to 8 were invited to participate in the camp that featured both on and off ice instruction from BC Hockey Course Conductors and local minor hockey coaches. The program featured male and female participants from across Vancouver Island.

The participants day started at 11am with Group A and B alternating between their on and off ice workshops. The off-ice workshops were led by Campbell River coaches who held their 36-member audience captivated throughout the 45-minute workshop. The kids were led through a variety of topics including sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play. Campbell River Health and Safety Risk Manager Tammy Walker put on a parent seminar that ran alongside the off-ice workshops.

The 75-minute on-ice workshop was action packed as the coaches put the participants through a variety of stations and drills. Participants were able to improve on their skating, shooting and passing skills. Fin provided entertainment for the kids as he had the future hockey superstars giggling throughout their ice time. BC Hockey Course Conductors and local minor hockey coaches did an excellent job of maintaining order on the ice and promoting fair play, hard work and fun on the ice.

Campbell River Minor Hockey past President Bill Boschman ran into a sticky situation as a player arrived without some necessary equipment. With the potential of having a disappointed participant on his hands, Boschman quickly found some spare gear, which Campbell River Minor Hockey kindly donated to the youngster. “I don’t think you could wipe the smile off his face today,” said Boschman about the young participant. “He was smiling ear to ear all camp.”

The next First Strides Initiation Program will be held on January 22, 2010 at GM Place. Applications are being accepted until Friday January 15.

For more information on these and other programs please visit the Canucks Centre website or call (604) 899-7770.

Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate

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