Burnaby 8 Rinks was home to the 7th Annual Vancouver Canucks Female Jamboree. The tournament hosted by Canucks Centre, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada was open to all registered Female BC Hockey Players aged 5-13. This year’s tournament saw 140 girls from across British Columbia come together to make new friends and play in this non competitive tournament.
The weekend long tournament started on Friday with the Opening Ceremonies. Canucks TV reporter Kristin Reid was the MC for the event which was held at 8 Rinks indoor soccer field. Canucks Mascot Fin was up to his usual antics as he made himself a number of new friends.
The night started with participants splitting into 8 teams and creating their team name and poster. BC Hockey Representative Neil McNabb was on hand to give a welcoming speech to the group. Next up was four-time Olympic kayaker Margaret Langford who was the ceremonies guest speaker. Langford took the participants on a motivational journey of her path to becoming an Olympic Athlete. Langford proved to be both relatable and entertaining as she captivated the crowd for her entire 40 minute set. GirlSquad founder Michelle Larigakis then spoke to the girls about how to incorporate fun, fitness and friends. She provided the girls with ideas for how to include fitness into their everyday activities. The ceremonies ended with the teams participating in a relay race.
The weekend hockey tournament saw all teams playing 4 games each. The girls were provided with the opportunity to meet new friends as well as engage in a fun filled weekend developing their hockey skills. The fun weekend focused on fair play and sportsmanship as all players received equal ice time. The tournament could not have been a success without the help and support of BC Hockey, the Pacific Steelers, Burnaby 8 Rinks, Hockey Canada and all the coaches and parents who volunteered their time all weekend.
Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate