In just over two months time, Edmonton Oilers Rookie Camp will open for the 2007/08 NHL season, and fans in Yellowknife will have the opportunity to see Oilers hockey in their home arena. However, this week, fans in the small northern community of Lutsel’Ke will get the chance to meet one of the most popular Oilers of all time, as ex-Captain Kelly Buchberger travels to the Northwest Territories to personally deliver a large donation of hockey equipment, as part of Diavik’s annual sports equipment drive in partnership with Facilities for Kids and Sport North.
“Fans in the Northwest Territories have always been proud to wave the Oilers flag, and we wanted to show them how much their support means to us,” said Patrick LaForge, President & CEO of the Edmonton Oilers. “They’ve just opened a brand new arena in Lutsel’Ke, and we’re sending Bucky to deliver some hockey equipment for the kids, and officially claim it as a northern outpost of Oil Country.”
“Diavik has seen amazing changes in the community of Lutsel'Ke and wants to encourage the youth to continue to take leadership roles in organized sports,” says Glenn Zelinski, Manager of Community Projects. “These kids need to know there are people outside the community supporting them. This equipment drive with the Edmonton Oilers organization and the support of the upcoming Rookie Camp are ways to reinforce our commitment to the communities of the NWT.”
Diavik is a proud $10,000 Copper Sponsor for the upcoming Canadian North Serious Hockey Weekend that includes the 2007 Edmonton Oilers Rookie Camp, school and hospital visits by the Oilers Rookies, coaching and scouting clinics, the Facilities for Kids annual tradeshow and Medic North’s Champions for Children Dinner.
President of Canadian North, Tom Ruth says “We are proud to provide support and sponsorship for the first ever Rookie Camp to be held in the North, along with related community events such as this visit to Lutsel’Ke, bringing much needed hockey equipment to the youth. It is events such as these that allow us to showcase the spirit of the North.”