As Oilers Ambassador for NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone throughout February, Jujhar Khaira looks forward to sharing his passion for the game
It was an eye-opening moment for Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira.
"I was unaware how big [hockey] was in China," he said.
The six-foot-four, 214-pound, left-winger had just wrapped up an off-season practice and workout with New York Islanders centre Mathew Barzal at an arena in Burnaby, BC, around the same time the Surrey Minor Hockey Association was holding an ice hockey tournament that was hosting teams from China and Korea.
HHC Oilers alumni team players Garry Unger and David Pelletier's support for the military transcends the rink
"We've lost another soldier."
Those were the words David Pelletier, former Olympic Gold Medalist in pairs figure skating and Oilers Skating Coach, and his parents would dread hearing as another announcement was broadcast over the radio in 2008.
That was all it took for Dallas to take a quick 1-0 lead as Stars forward - and former Oiler - Lauri Korpikoski fired a wrist shot that soared above Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot's glove and ultimately led to the Stars 3-2 victory.