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Hockey Day in Canada events sold-out despite winter weather



Victoria Hosts Successful and Unforgettable Hockey Day in Canada

The 2024 Hockey Day in Canada week was hit with unexpected weather conditions, but it didn’t stop Victorians from coming together to celebrate the sport. From former NHL greats to young players, everyone came out to make this event a success despite the odds.

Legendary Names Sweep Snow Off Synthetic-Ice Rinks

Thursday morning kicked off the event with the help of former 16-season NHLer, Stanley Cup-champion, and Island-resident Andrew Ference who joined hands with ex-NHL great Wendel Clark to clear the $100,000 synthetic-ice rink at Ship Point, ensuring that young players could continue to skate uninterrupted.

Sold-Out Events Amidst Inclement Weather

Despite the inclement weather, all events were sold out, emphasizing the undying passion for hockey. The Legends of Broadcasting Hot Stove, the gala, the NHL alumni and celebrity game, and the WHL game all drew packed crowds, showcasing the unwavering love for the sport in Victoria.

Wealth of Insights and Banter

The 32 Thoughts Podcast at Wicket Hall brought together former Canucks GM Brian Burke, broadcaster Elliotte Friedman, and Kevin Bieksa for a lively discussion about various aspects of hockey. The potential of the Vancouver Canucks acquiring Jake Guentzel was debated, and Bieksa shared his intriguing experiences as a hockey dad and coach in California.

The Countdown to the 12.5-Hour Marathon Broadcast

As excitement built up for the marathon Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada broadcast, featuring all seven Canadian NHL teams in action, the final guest for the 32 Thoughts Podcast was revealed to be Victoria Royals head coach James Patrick. This drew raves from the hosts, highlighting the event’s impact on Island hockey.

Unforeseen Challenges

The success of the Hockey Day in Canada event did not come without its challenges, as stranded guests were dealing with flight issues caused by severe winter weather across the continent.

Unforgettable Memories and Legendary Laughter

The highlight of the events included the appearance of the Stanley Cup and the banter surrounding it, with Brian Burke being the only one allowed to touch it. As laughter echoed through the room, anticipation for the action-packed broadcast on Saturday continued to build.

Conclusion – A Day to Remember

Amidst inclement weather, the 2024 Hockey Day in Canada week in Victoria proved to be an unforgettable experience, bringing together current and former hockey legends, broadcasters, and fans alike. The unwavering passion for the sport amid unforeseen challenges painted a beautiful picture of the resilience and love of hockey in the hearts of Victorians.



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