The Squamish Eagles (in white) and Semiahmoo Ravens faced off in the penultimate game on the Vancouver Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend at Rogers Arena. Atom Rep games in the BC Hockey League feature nine- and ten-year-old players. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend: Semiahmoo vs Squamish

The Squamish Eagles (in white) and Semiahmoo Ravens (#20 Cameron Cheney in black) faced off in the penultimate game on the Vancouver Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend at Rogers Arena. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

With the lockout inexplicably extending into the Christmas season, it’s hard to for even the most ardent hockey fan to support their local NHL club. The fact is, however, that ownership represents a very, very small fraction of the personnel behind the logo — there are hundreds of incredibly decent human beings who work for each club, and they’re faced with the daunting task of trying to keep good will alive within the communities they serve.

Enter the Vancouver Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend, where 24 teams were invited to skate on Rogers Arena ice. Teams were randomly selected from over 1200 entries from across the province of British Columbia. (Loads of pictures after the jump.)

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Atom Rep games in the BC Hockey League, like this one between the Semiahmoo Ravens and Squamish Eagles, feature nine- and ten-year-old players. Shooting the puck for the Ravens is #15 Nolan Robson. Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Kids on the ice this weekend were treated to the full meal deal: lineup and goal scoring announcing by in-house voice of the Canucks John Ashbridge, high definition video on the stadium jumbotron, still photography by a professionally trained photographer, and visits to the Canucks dressing room for photos with Ryan Kesler’s equipment stall. The last four of these teams to play on Sunday were also treated to yours truly hopping around the rink attempting not to trip on anything.

The score? Okay, Semiahmoo waltzed away with a 10-0 win, and it wasn’t the most lopsided game of the event. But really it’s not the scoreline that was the focus. That mattered was the excitement in every one of these kids’ eyes – and let’s face it, in those of most of the coaches, parents and even staff members as well.

More pictures, you say? Check out the gallery below. Parents: for larger files suitable for printing, please contact Jason directly: jason (AT) puckedinthehead.com. If you like the pics, please consider donating to my Ride to Conquer Cancer campaign.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Canucks Minor Hockey Weekend: Semiahmoo vs Squamish”

  1. I would like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all their employees for making the minor hockey weekend an awesome experience for the Semiahmoo Ravens Atom Rep 3 team. The kids, and especially my sons, were in awe of their surroundings and all that was provided. Great job Canucks.

    Carmine Esposito (Grateful Dad)

  2. Thank you to all the people that helped organize a fantastic day! The kids were so happy and some of the parents may have been even more excited. The Semiahmoo Ravens Atom Rep 3 team will remember this one for years to come!

  3. I would like to thank the Canucks organization for a great day. The kids had a fantastic time and the families throughly enjoyed the event. It was quite the experience!
    Hockey Mom

  4. Thanks to the Canucks organization for a First Class experience & Squamish Atom A1′s for being great competitors.
    I’m certain all the kids (young and old) will remember it for a long time.

    Mark

  5. We were so proud to see action pictures of our Grandson, Thank You for providing this venue for those of us who could not be present for the big event. Go Canucks!! :) Go White Rock!! :)

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