Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Canucks Home Opener

Working with the Calgary Canucks Junior A Team this year has been a pleasure.  My role allows me to still be involved and be in the locker room quite a bit.  The experience has been rewarding for me thus far and I've had the pleasure of meeting some great young athletes. This past weekend the Calgary Canucks enjoyed their home opener, a 5-3 win over the Whitecourt Wolverines.  

Before the game, the Canucks took the opportunity to invite all of the parents out for a meeting, outlining some of the expectations for the year as well as roles and some of the services the Canucks will be offering.  After the parent meeting, thanks to Wild Rose Brewery, we were able to have a little BBQ and a few drinks.  It was a great chance to get to meet the parents and mingle.  Plus, the sausages and hamburgers were quite tasty.  It was also nice getting to meet a few of the parents of the young men I've been working with for over a month now.  The win made for an even better day!

(The parents gather in the parking lot after the meeting to enjoy some food and drinks)

(A few of the parents mix and mingle before the game starts)

(Assistant coach Craig Mohr talks with parents)

(The tailgating equipment compliments of Wild Rose Brewery)

(Now with a bit of food on it - I was the master chef for the day...)

(Head Coach and GM Ryan Barrett with his daughters)

(Everyone hanging out, enjoying the food and beverages)

(A few supporters enjoy laughs before the game)

(Almost time for the game...)

(It's game time at Max Bell Center - unfortunately, not a whole lot of fans...  Come on out and support a great group of youngsters!)

(0-0 with a little under five minutes to go in the first period)

(D-Zone faceoff)

(Goalie Colin 'Coop' Cooper between periods)

(The boys come out for the second ready to go)

(Getting ready to hit the ice after the 3rd period)

(Post game celebration - 5 to 3 win for the Canucks)

(Coop and his post game rituals.  The boys come off happy as they pulled off their second win of the season and first at home!)

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