Canuck countdown continues!

  • Sep. 6, 2013 4:00 p.m.

by Jane Wilson–Excitement is building as the islands waits for the Canucks’ visit on Tuesday. The whole hockey team and more will be on hand on the north end of the island on Sept. 10 to meet the communities and attend a barbeque called the Canucks Meet the North event. “Anybody who’s going to be on the ice this year is going to be there,” said West Coast Fishing Club owner Rick Grange. The Canucks connection to Haida Gwaii goes back to the resort’s Fish For Kids fundraiser, which is sponsored by the team and raises money for children’s charities in B.C., said Mr. Grange. “Really, my son (Brian Grange, West Coast Fishing Club’s Vice-President) is the one who put this together, he said. “It started a year ago, but they had the players strike so the trip didn’t happen, but my son had been in touch with them and they had talked about bringing the team up and going into the community and saying thank you for having them up here, and obviously being able to raise the money up here. Just to pay tribute to the islands, they just love it up here.” The Canucks are extremely excited about this event, agreed Brian Grange, “The islands are in for a treat.” The Canucks aren’t the only ones excited, said Superintendent of Schools Angus Wilson. He said he’s already heard from island kids how excited they are. “A lot of the students are super keen on this. I just spoke to one at QCSS who was quizzing me on which specific team members would be here, and whether he can give them any advice!” The school district is making special arrangements to make sure no kids miss out either. “Currently, we have five buses available to transport the students up island, and our bus contractor is working on possibly getting a sixth bus available,” said Mr. Wilson. The team’s players, coaching staff and management are coming said Mr. Grange, “It’s team-building, and when they finish here, they go directly to training camp. Mr. Grange said he will absolutely be joining community members at the event, “It’s going to be great, there’s going to be a big barbeque and lots of food.”As well as the food, and a chance to interact with the players, there will also be peddle bike races, different hockey games and gifts for the community, he said, and that’s not all, “Fin is coming, the mascot, he’s going to be presented with a drum, and then there will be a drum down at the games.” The event will take place on the afternoon of September 10, at the Old Massett Community Hall.