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Friday, January 15, 2010

Alberni Valley Bulldogs to shadow Canucks on Hockey Day in Canada, Express back to Coquitlam.....

Pretty cool story here regarding the Best Western Barclay Hotel - Smitty's Restaurant Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

I'm not 100% what level this is - maybe Pee Wee?

I first heard about this on Sunday afternoon in Nanaimo when Dan Tisserand told me he was watching the "After Hours" program following Hockey Night in Canada and the Vancouver vs. Calgary game.

He said there was a story regarding some minor hockey Bulldogs who had won a contest of some sort to go to a Canucks game.

The part that really got my attention - he also said they showed a picture on the program that looked quite similar to one of the pictures I took that I then posted here on the blog from the Teddy Bear Toss in Port Alberni....

Long story short - it all slipped my mind with how busy the week has been preparing for the All-Star Broadcast and now this road trip.

As I was leaving work yesterday I got a voicemail from Steve Harvey telling me to check out the Canucks website as a Bulldog team had won a contest. Now that I have some free time on the road in the hotel I looked it all up - and it's pretty darn cool!!

Here's the release from the Canucks website....

Barclay-Smitty's Alberni Valley Bulldogs minor hockey team to shadow Canucks on HDIC

Minor Hockey Team won the opportunity through the Canucks Centre Poster Contest

Saturday, 09.01.2010 / 11:28 PM / News
Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC – The Canucks Centre, BC Hockey and CBC are pleased to announce that the Barclay-Smitty’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs Minor Hockey team has won the opportunity to shadow the Canucks for Hockey Day in Canada through the first annual Canucks Centre Poster Contest. The Bulldog’s exciting day will include team travel/accommodation to Vancouver to watch the Vancouver Canucks take on the Chicago Blackhawks on January 23, 2010. The winning team also has the opportunity to meet members of the Vancouver Canucks and attend their morning game day skate. The day will be documented and included as part of CBC Television’s Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on January 30th when the Vancouver Canucks hit the road to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In celebration of CBC Hockey Day in Canada, registered Pee-Wee and Bantam minor hockey teams from around BC were invited to participate in the contest. Teams were asked to showcase their team spirit through an original picture or poster submitted online and a story about their most memorable team experience. A total of 40 teams from throughout British Columbia submitted entries. The entries were then judged by a panel represented by BC Hockey, CBC and Canucks Centre for BC Hockey. The winning team’s story and poster was chosen the best representation of team and association pride.

The announcement of the winning team was made on Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours January 9, 2010 by CBC representative Kevin Weekes. Canucks Centre, BC Hockey and CBC are proud to show their ongoing support growing team spirit within BC hockey communities.

For more information on Canucks Centre for BC Hockey programs and contests please visit

Or call Canucks Centre @ 604 899-7770

Now - what I really want to know is - did you guys really use my picture and did it get on Hockey Night in Canada? Cool stuff if you did, and congrats and have fun!

It sounds as if the Burnaby Express have sounded the horn and are rolling back down the tracks to Coquitlam - although a little greasing of the tracks might be required still.

Eddie Gregory has it all covered on his blog BURNABY EXPRESSIONS HERE


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