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Hockey Day a hit at Richmond Olympic Oval

It was Hockey Day Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Thousands of fans of shared their passion for our game at Richmond Celebrates Hockey Day '13.

Hockey Hall of Famer and former Montreal Canadiens' great Guy Lafleur headlined the guest list, and even participated in a celebrity ball hockey game. He later signed autographs and dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the day's final event: a game between the Vancouver Canucks Oldtimers and Richmond Sockeyes Alumni. Part of the proceeds will go to support Richmond KidSport.

The current Richmond Sockeyes' junior hockey club was also in action, losing the rare Pacific Junior Hockey League matinee game 4-3 in double overtime to the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Fans also enjoyed an extensive hockey marketplace, which featured thousands of hockey cards and other collectibles, and were also to participate in various ball hockey games or challenge themselves in traditional table top hockey or computerized versions of the game.

The BC Sports Hall of Fame also provided a display of hockey history, including statues of legends Lester Patrick and Cyclone Taylor. Patrick and his brother Frank formed the Pacific Coast Hockey League in 1911, eventually selling the league to the NHL in 1926.Taylor, perhaps the greatest player of his era, played on the last Vancouver team—the Millionaires—to win the Stanley Cup in 1915.

 

 

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