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Another installment of the Hockey Planet, including a story about an admirable LA Junior Kings goaltender, road trippin’ hockey moms and a Canadian Heritage night in Washington, DC.

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by Lisa Ovens
Sunday, October 21st

Please Don’t Feed the Zambonis

Don't Feed The Zambonis

Vancouver community centres are slowly re-opening after a civic strike had them closed for over twelve weeks. Several centres are equipped with ice rinks that accommodate many hockey and figure skating programs. People of all ages are anxious to get back on the ice. So are the Zambonis...

Wild Hockey Moms’ Road Trip….  We thought it was very cool when the Minnesota Wild hosted the players’ dads on a road trip last year. And we are beside ourselves with glee to hear the players’ moms accompanied their sons on the Wild’s recent road trip out west this season. For hockey parents like the moms and dads of Minnesota Wild players, having the opportunity to experience what it’s like for their sons to be on the road must have been a treat. To learn more about the moms’ road trip, please visit the Minnesota Wild’s blog...
Read It Here!


Canadian Heritage Night in Washington, DC. Fans in the stands just might punctuate every sentence with “eh?” to celebrate Canadian Heritage Night when the Canucks visit the Washington Capitals on Friday Oct. 26th. Also on tap: Student Rush Night, with special ticket deals for fans with student ID. Sounds like next Friday night at the Phone Booth will be a rocking good time. We hope the game will be as exciting as the last time the two teams met, when The Capitals visited Vancouver almost one year ago to the day. That game ended in a shoot out with the win going to the Canucks. Here’s to a spirited rematch. A reminder for West Coasters: the game starts at 4pm PST.

Los Angeles Junior Kings goal tender jumps on board with Shutout MS We’d like to draw your attention to a young goal tender on a mission to help people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Jason, an LA Junior Kings net minder has spearheaded a campaign to raise funds for Shutout MS:  Providence Bruins goal tender, Jordan Sigalet’s foundation. Moved by a newspaper article about Sigalet’s story as a professional athlete living with MS, 11 year old Jason contacted Sigalet. The two goaltenders have kept in touch, and Jason has decided to challenge LA Junior King fans to “adopt a goalie” and pledge a dollar for every save over the course of their season.  Young Jason has made a video that tells his story, including information on MS, how to adopt a goalie, tips on fundraising for Shutout MS, and his friendship with Jordan Sigalet.  To view Jason’s video, Please visit his website Jason’s Lounge (we love that name, Jason!)

Please also check out Jordan Sigalet’s website, Jordan’s summertime charity game and dinner event raised over $65,000.

A big Cheer for Jason and Jordan!

The Curse of Stan Smyl’s Retired Sweater? The Canucks took their new look jersey design to the rafters, changing all the historical championship banners to the new logo, including the lone retired sweater, Stan Smyl’s number 12. Many fans have expressed their anger over the swapped banners. Since the new banners debut on opening night, the Canucks have lost all but one home game. Although the Canucks orange, yellow and black uniforms consistently rank high on “worst jersey ever” lists, those were the colors that boldly clothed the Canucks to two Stanley Cup Finals. Stan Smyl captained the team during the 1982 Cup run, wearing the “V” jersey. We’ll keep an eye on the rafters to see just how superstitious the Canucks really are should the home win column not improve into November.  

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