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Edmonton Oilers and Canadian North to provide 16 Inuvik children the chance to experience Hockey Day in Canada

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers will celebrate Hockey Day In Canada by hosting 16 children from Inuvik, NWT who will travel below the 60th parallel, many for the first time, to experience the Battle of Alberta on February 21st, 2009. Sixteen children aged eight to 10 and their chaperones will be met by Edmonton Oilers staff in Inuvik where Canadian North will fly the group to Edmonton.

While in Edmonton, the children will enjoy a weekend filled with hockey action including the Oilers versus Flames game on February 21st, a backstage tour of Rexall Place and the Oilers dressing room, the chance to watch both the Oilers and Flames practice and a team clinic with Hockey Alberta. The children will also be participating in the pre-game honour guard ceremony and will receive Oilers gear as a souvenir of their trip.

“The CBC has taken the Hockey Day In Canada project to parts of Canada that love hockey but don’t get to experience live NHL games,” said Natalie Minckler, Edmonton Oilers Director of Community and Fan Development. “The Edmonton Oilers wanted to do the same thing this year and we’re thrilled that Canadian North Airlines is partnering to provide a once-in-a-lifetime event for kids from Inuvik at an Oilers game on Hockey Day In Canada. The kids are tremendously excited to be coming to Edmonton and we’ll make it a weekend they won’t forget.”

Inuvik is one of the northern most towns situated two degrees above the Arctic Circle on the Mackenzie River and Delta. Located over 3000 km from Edmonton, this northern community is home to nearly 3300 residents. Inuvik enjoys 56 days annually with twenty four hours of daylight in late June, July and part of August and has 30 days without sunlight mostly in the month of December.
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