Hockey celebration planned for oval

Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden will be a special guest at an upcoming celebration of hockey at the Richmond Olympic Oval. -
Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden will be a special guest at an upcoming celebration of hockey at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
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A colossal celebration of Canada’s national pastime will be held Feb. 11 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Richmond will mark the annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada by hosting a free, day-long festival under the massive 2.6-hectare (6.5-acre) wood roof. From special appearances by hockey legends to a chance to test their hockey skills, there promises to be something for everyone.

“We always like to have a mid-winter celebration and (most) everyone is supportive and interested in hockey,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who noted this February will mark the second anniversary of Canada’s gold medal victory over the U.S. at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

All-time Vancouver Canucks favourite Trevor Linden (who will sign autographs and be available for photos) will be among the hockey legends, with additional names to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Other Canuck alumni and popular mascot Fin will also be on hand and will conduct an on-ice skills competition.

The Hockey Hall of Fame will present its Legends exhibit featuring memorabilia, interactive experiences and several NHL trophies including the Hart Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the league’s most valuable player.

Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin won the award in the 2010-11 season.

“It’s a major display the hall is bringing to town,” said city spokesman Ted Townsend. “There are about 20 different displays including on each of the original six teams, a lot on Team Canada’s international exploits, a feature on Wayne Gretzky and lots of Canucks’ stuff.”

There will also be a video games section, table and air hockey challenges, and a large collection of memorabilia (some of which will be available for trade or purchase), said Townsend.

Hosted by the Richmond Olympic Oval and the City of Richmond, Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is being presented by Scotiabank. David Poole, Scotiabank’s senior vice-president for the B.C. and Yukon region, said “it’s going to be an unforgettable day in Richmond, where hockey fans of all ages can take part in this rich experience.”

Doors open at 10:30 a.m., with the celebration continuing until 10 p.m. The primary focus from 7 p.m. onwards will be on the Vancouver Canucks’ game in Calgary against the Flames. Fans will be able to watch the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC on the big screen, which will be tuned into the broadcasts throughout the day featuring Canada’s other five NHL teams in action.

There will be numerous merchandise giveways, prize draw and fun contests including the chance to win a trip for two to Japan courtesy of Westjet and Japan Air Lines.

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