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Alumni Assist Canucks Place

Jan.14.13 - The Vancouver Canucks Alumni are well known for their playmaking abilities on the ice, but on January 16th they were involved in a very different kind of assist. Alumni President Gerry Sillers, along with former players Orland Kurtenbach, Dave Babych, Chris Oddleifson, Cliff Ronning, Rick Amman and Bob Murray were thrilled to present a cheque for $75,000 to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Their donation will benefit the new Canuck Place facility currently under construction in Abbotsford, which will double the capacity of the hospice and help to provide palliative care services to even more families across the province. Canuck Place CEO Margaret McNeil and Board Chair John Rose were both on hand to welcome the alumni, along with Poppy, the Canuck Place therapy dog.

The Alumni have a long-standing relationship with Canuck Place, going back to 1995 when the facility first opened and players such as Babych and Ronning began coming to visit. Being able to see the incredible level of care given to each and every child and the quality of life that the hospice is able to provide both to children with life threatening illness, as well as their families, is a continual reminder of how special Canuck Place is, and how proud the Canucks Alumni are to support this organization.

In addition to Canuck Place, the Alumni support a wide variety of other local charities and community groups throughout BC by participating in fundraising events such as hockey games and golf tournaments. Since its inception in 1950, the Canucks Alumni has raised over $2 Million for charity, and with a strong membership of over 100 former players they show no signs of stopping any time soon.

Canucks Alumni Ready to Face Off at Hockey Day in Canada

Another highlight will be an on-ice showdown with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni team vs. the Richmond Sockeyes Alumni. The alumni team coming to the Oval will feature many of the most popular Vancouver Canucks of the past 40 years, including members of 1994 and 1982 Stanley Cup finalists. The Richmond Sockeyes are one of Canada’s most successful junior hockey franchises with numerous provincial, Western Canadian and national championships to their credit.

Tickets are $15 and go on sale January 14 at brownpapertickets.com.

Canucks Alumni put on a show on the Sunshine Coast

It was the night for which hockey fans world-wide have been waiting for some time. And the faithful were rewarded for their patience as their Canuck heroes took to the ice in front of a near-capacity crowd on Saturday, January 19th ... and skated off with a skillful, 6-2 win over their Alumni opponents.

Oh, yeah. The NHL's Vancouver Canucks also returned to the ice at Rogers Arena in Vancouver that night. The end result of that encounter was not quite so flattering for the boys in blue. But we digress ...

The Alumni scenario was played out on the ice at the recently-completed Gibsons Area Community Centre, as the Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association put together a crew of present-day and former minor hockey coaches and welcomed the Canuck Alumni back to the Sunshine Coast for the first time in more than a decade. On Saturday night, close to a full house of 800-plus fans were treated to the return of 'local hero' Jackson Davies - who earned his acting 'chops' as the character Constable John Constable in the long-running television series 'The Beachcombers', many episodes of which were shot just down the hill at the famed 'Molly's Reach' Cafe, overlooking the Gibsons Landing waterfront. In fact, the Alumni charter even made a stop in front of the landmark for a 'photo-op' en route to the rink, just to mark the homecoming occasion.

On to game night and the Alumni - led by a two-goal performance from Dusty Imoo, a two-assist output by veteran Eddie Hatoum, along with a couple of one-and-one contributions from David Bruce and Jeff Bandura - out-shot and out-chanced their hosts by the four-goal margin. Just like their professional colleagues back in Vancouver, the Alumni game featured the introduction of several new faces. Joining the senior squad in Gibsons for their 'rookie' game were 2003 Canucks draft pick Chad Brownlee of Kelowna; one-time Mighty Duck and Coquitlam native Garrett Burnett; and Dawson Creek-born member of the famed Redmond hockey family, Craig Redmond, a veteran of both the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings.

As they come home from another road trip with a victory in their pocket, the Alumni now approach the midway point of their so-far unspoiled 2012-13 season while their younger NHL siblings begin their shortened schedule with a less-than-perfect record. The suggestion has been made that perhaps their older, wiser and more-experienced colleagues could send them a few videos of Alumni outings ... just for training purposes, of course.

No word so far, on whether that offer might be accepted.