Hockey Day In Canada Coming to PG
By 250 Sports
Minor hockey players join Prince George Cougars V.P. Brandi Brodsky and Scotiabank's Trevor Lutes in making announcement - photo 250News
Prince George, B.C.- Hockey Day in Canada is coming to Prince George.
The community will be one of several in Canada to be featured January 18th on the annual CBC /Scotiabank event, that celebrates the sport and how it brings Canadian communities together.
Hockey Day in Canada will be anchored in Lloydminster Alberta/Saskatchewan, and will present 13 hours of live coverage from that community, and three satellite communities of Prince George, Barry’s Bay, Ont., and Sydney, N.S.
Together with minor hockey organizations in Prince George, the Prince George Cougars will be featured as they play an afternoon game at the CN Centre against the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The full day of hockey includes four NHL games.
“There will lots going on at the afternoon game between the Cougars and the Oil Kings” says Cougars Vice President Brandi Brodsky. “It will be a great opportunity to show the rest of Canada just what a great community we have, and what we have to offer.”
The CBC will be doing live reports from Prince George, including minor hockey games and the Cougars match up. “We’re really going to try and make it a fun afternoon” says Brodsky “We are really happy the partnership we have with Scotiabank is going to give us another opportunity to spotlight Prince George to the rest of Canada, this is a great hockey town, and its such a great community. With the Winter Games coming here, it seems like its perfect timing to show the rest of Canada what we have here.”
Brodsky says they have been working on making this happen for about a year, “We had hoped we would be chosen, and talked to the Edmonton Oil Kings if there was a possibility of moving that game time to 1:30 in the afternoon and they were happy to accommodate us.”
There will be a number of events in Prince George to celebrate Hockey Day in Canada, not all the details have been finalized yet, says Brodsky, but NHL Alumni will be in town to help in the celebration "We look forward to sharing more details as to the day's itinerary over the coming weeks, as we are sure that fans and Prince George residents will want to come out to our game that day and join in the festivities."
“It’s going to be a great day to celebrate hockey in Prince George and be part of a national event” says Trevor Lutes of Scotiabank “We are really excited to show off Prince George and our hockey spirit in this town”.
The event won’t just celebrate Hockey in Canada, it will provide the City with an opportunity to showcase Prince George as a preview of the 2015 Canada Winter Games says Andy Beesley, Manager of CN Centre and Community Arenas “Because of the strong support from Prince George Minor Hockey Associations and all the affiliated associations and teams, CBC and Canada are going to enjoy a great day in our City.”
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As for showing Canada what we have to offer - DON'T. I like it the way it is. No traffic jams, affordable housing, lots to do without having to rub elbows with everyone else doing it. Keep quiet, or they may all come and turn us into Kamloops.
When I heard that there was a news conference this morning I was hoping that one of these things had happened:
Brodsky sold the team to the Novaks
They fired Dallas Thompson
They made Dallas Thompson the new president (or some other position where he has little or no say in day to day operations) and the first order of business is hiring a new general manager with real credentials.
Reading about this Hockey Day in Canada is a little disappointing. Based on everything hockey in Canada suddenly becoming Rogers, I was expecting that they would change the name to "Roger's Day in Canada".
Cougs will be minor story fill. I expect
every school will get a block of tickets
for the game or the announcers will have to explain
the strange tradition of people in prince george liking to dress up as green plastic folding seats when coming to a cougars game.
Oh how I miss the good old days. Full house very night, national caliber coaching, an old drunk GM who could only make a deal with Saskatoon and the pandemonium of trying to buy playoff tickets because they actually made the playoffs back then.
I've said this all along. I will come back to Cougars hockey by purchasing my seasons tickets again on the day that they get a real manager with a decent hockey pedigree.
But he could be making so much money here if he tried. He knows every other potential owner(s) can see that too so he's in the drivers seat.
that would be nice to see again. i remember a few years back having to line up at 5am to make sure we got the playoff tickets we wanted and now you cannot even give tickets away.