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Vancouver Canucks to Participate in "Dream Come True Program"

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks, in conjunction with BC Hockey and Hockey Canada, are participating in the "Dream Come True Program" to introduce hockey to young boys and girls who would not otherwise have the opportunity to play due to financial obstacles. The presentation of equipment and on-ice training will take place on July 12 and 13 at the Oak Bay Arena in Victoria for selected adolescents.

Vancouver Canucks Alumnus Greg Adams (1988-89) and NHL Alumnus Brad Palmer will participate in the on-ice activities alongside the young players and Victoria Minor Coaches. Adams and Palmer reside in the Duncan area and are actively involved in Cowichan Minor Hockey.

"We're very pleased to be involved in this program, giving so many youth the opportunity to play a game we love so much," said Greg Adams. "It's very exciting to be associated with these organizations who are so dedicated in helping foster the youth of British Columbia."

Players involved in the program were hand selected by a committee of local agencies, including the Big Brothers & Big Sisters Victoria, Kidsport Victoria and the YMCA/YWCA of Greater Victoria. These participants will be outfitted with all equipment necessary for hockey, from skates to helmets. With the assistance of BC Hockey, players will be enrolled into Victoria Minor Hockey for 2007-08 for their inaugural season of hockey.

The Canucks Centre for BC Hockey is a partnership between the Vancouver Canucks, BC Hockey and Hockey Canada. The Centre provides a direct tie between the club and the hockey communities throughout the province with an emphasis on the grassroots hockey development of players, coaches, officials, administrators and parents. Twelve programs are run through the Canucks Centre for BC Hockey and all initiatives are made possible through the generous support of the Canucks for Kids Fund and sponsor partners of the Vancouver Canucks.

Where: Oak Bay Arena in Victoria
Funded by: The National Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey Foundation
Who: Over 60 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12
When:July 12 - Registration and equipment fitting
            July 13 - On ice sessions at 4:00pm to 5:15 and 5:30 to 6:45
                            Introductory to hockey seminar for the parents at 6:45 to 7:45
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