Members of the Midget A Tyees help Georgia Park Elementary students learn some hockey skills this week during BC Hockey’s stop in town. BC Hockey is touring the province sharing the love of the game and promoting thier 100th anniversary. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

BC Hockey spreads the love of the game at Georgia Park Elementary

Campbell River school gets to be one of the stops on current province-wide tour celebrating hockey

Sometimes it’s just about the love of the game, and on Tuesday this week, the good folks at BC Hockey came to town to show it.

As part of an eight-week, province-wide tour, BC Hockey program generalist Allie Moore and her team arrived at Georgia Park Elementary Tuesday morning to have some fun with the kids.

“We’re going around to about 40 communities all across B.C. to promote healthy living and floorball,” Moore says, “along with, of course, celebrating the upcoming World Junior Tournament. We started up in Northern B.C. in Smithers, Fort St. John, Prince George and Williams Lake, then we went down through the Kootenays and the Okanagan and now we’re on the Island.”

Despite being just about ready to wrap up the exhausting tour, the energy was high, the atmosphere was electric and every face in the gymnasium – which was slowly filling with about 300 kids – had a smile on it.

“It’s been really fun,” Moore says. “Usually we go into all these towns and spend all our time at the arena, so it’s been really neat to get into the schools and see the kids who maybe don’t play hockey and see their interest in it. We’ve had a really good response from the teachers and the kids and it’s been super fun.”

As part of the tour, members from local hockey organizations join in and show up to demonstrate, as well as show the kids some basic skills like stick handling, passing and shooting. In Campbell River, that honour belonged to the Midget A Tyees.

“It works really well, because not only do they have some skills to share, but they act as role models for the younger kids, and a lot of times, they’ve grown up going to these schools, so it’s nice that they get to come back and help out the younger kids as they come up and hopefully can pass on some of their love for the game.”

The crew also consisted of Celly the Spirit Bear, who kept the kids entertained with his dance moves and high-fives while the demonstrations took place. He also served as a the goaltender during the shooting drill, which was hilarious for the kids, because he’s clearly not trained in that – he’s a bear, after all.

As an added bonus in thanks for having them, the organization also gifted the school a batch of new floorball equipment to keep after the demonstrations were over. Floorball is much like what most people picture when they hear the term floor hockey, but with specific types of equipment and a few different rules.

The tour was also part of BC Hockey’s 100th anniversary celebration, which has been running all year and will continue up to February of next year at the Canada Winter Games.

Find out more about BC Hockey’s history and how it’s become the organization it is at bchockey.net

Just Posted

‘I’m very, very lucky to be doing what I do’

Photographer Boomer Jerritt brings Antarctica to Timberline Theatre Jan. 29

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Campbell River resident asking for bottles and cans to help Island stabbing victim

Janelle Guyatt suffered serious injuries during a May 2016 knife attack

RCMP’s use of force in arrest of Island man not excessive, judge rules

Campbell River man high on cocaine led high speed chase through city’s downtown

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Most Read