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North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex Hosts Official Grand Opening

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Surrey, BC – The North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex marked its official grand opening today, with a community event attracting over 500 guests to the state-of-the-art facility in the Bridgeview community. The celebration included free skating and rentals, access to the fitness centre, family entertainment and an artist talk with Katzie Nation artist Trenton Pierre.

“The North Surrey area of our city has long been underserved when it comes to having recreational facilities and programs close at hand,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “With the opening of this new complex, that all changes and I invite everyone to take the opportunity to visit and make full use of this state-of-the-art facility. This new complex is also an illustration of how Surrey is combining thoughtful and advanced design to ensure that our spaces provide accessibility for all ages and ability levels. The City of Surrey is continually pressing forward as one of Canada’s most accessible and livable cities, offering recreational opportunities for everyone.”

The North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex features three sheets of ice, spectatorship opportunities for large-scale events, a state-of-the-art fitness studio and weight room, outdoor activity areas, multi-purpose room programming, rentals and food services. First Nation artist Trenton Pierre’s public artwork, Guardian Spirits, wraps the building exterior, which is mirrored inside the facility from the windows of the modern fitness studio.

Accessibility features include:

  • Level access to the ice from dry surface, built to para ice hockey standards
  • Players boxes and penalty boxes made of clear lexan, instead of regular puck board, allowing para ice hockey players a clear view from their sledges
  • Removable benches in the players boxes, allowing for para ice hockey players to remain in their sledges when off the ice
  • Universal hook heights and depths of benches in dressing rooms
  • Fully accessible change rooms, referee rooms, sound room, multi-purpose and fitness studios
  • Fully accessible washrooms
  • Vehicle drop-off area accommodates side-loading vans

Utilizing the three sheets of ice, large-scale spectatorship seating capacity and meeting rooms at the new facility, Surrey will host Olympic Gold Medalist Hayley Wickenheiser’s WickFest Tournament from January 30 to February 2, 2020. This is the tournament’s second year in Surrey, which has now expanded from hosting 800 young female athletes to 1500, as a result of North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex’s increased capacity for ice and meeting space.

Click here for a message from Hayley Wickenheiser about WickFest 2020 at the North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex.

For more information, visit surrey.ca/arenas

Surrey604 is an online magazine and media outlet based in Surrey, BC. Through writing, video, photography, and social media, we secure an intimate reach to the public. We promote local events and causes.

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9 Niche VOD Channels Every Sports Fan Will Love

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Cutting the cord is a touchy subject for most sports fans. Most sports fans would love the idea of cutting the cord and have one service that caters to sports fans.

For years, cable has had a death grip on sports fans with their expensive ala carte sports packages. Oftentimes, extra channels are thrown in to jack up the price. This frustrates sports fans, but what can they do?

Are you tired of paying for a bunch of channels that you’ll never watch? You may want to consider the growing list of video-on-demand or VOD channels that cater to sports fans.

Here is a list of 9 VOD sports channels to satisfy your biggest sports cravings

1. YouTube TV

$49.99 per month

Is cutting the cord is a difficult pill to swallow for your family members? If not, save some money on channels no one watches. YouTube TV may be a service that is perfect for you.

YouTube TV has a ton of news and entertainment channels lumped into its monthly rate. YouTube TV has over 70 channels to satisfy your family. Some channels include ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and other popular channels, such as HGTV, AMC, and Disney Channel.

For sports fans, YouTube TV offers a lot of options to help you cut the cord. Sports fans get channels like FOX Sports, FS1, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NBC Sports, and more.

YouTube TV subscribers also get unlimited cloud DVR storage! The service keeps your recordings for up to 9 months. You can stream on up to three devices at once in case your family wants to watch different programming at the same time.

YouTube TV is a great option for the family. Consider cutting the cord without sacrificing quality programming and sports.

2. Hulu

$5.99 per month; $54.99 for Hulu and Live TV

Hulu is another great option for families who are looking to cut the cord. Especially if you don’t want to sacrifice your favorite channels and programming. Although the service is a little more expensive than YouTube TV, it does offer some other advantages.

First, Hulu has a large library of on-demand programming for popular television series and popular movies. Next, Hulu also offers families to watch on unlimited screens as an upgrade. Last, you can watch Hulu on many different devices from computers, tablets, phones, Roku, FireTV, Chromecast, Apple TV, and more.

For sports fans, they offer BTN, CBS Sports Network, seven ESPN channels, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, and NBC Sports Network. It is missing a few league channels, like the MLB Network, NBA TV, and NFL Network.

3. fubo TV

$54.99 per month

Like YouTube TV and Hulu, fubo TV offers an impressive array of channels for the family and sports fans alike. With over 100 channels and over 130 evens in 4K, it offers crystal clear programming. Your cord-cutting family won’t miss their cable box with channels like USA, Food Network, HGTV, TBS, TNT, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr.

For Sports fans fubo TV has a wide array of sports programming and channels. Some sports channels included are CBS, FOX, Golf Channel, NBA TV, NBC, and NFL Network. It also offers add-ons for international sports channels.

One drawback to fubo TV is that it only offers 2 screens available at a time. To have more screens available you’ll have to upgrade to a more expensive option.

4. Amazon Prime Video

$8.99 per month

Amazon won’t have you throwing away cable boxes like YouTube TV or Hulu. However, it does offer some good content for the subscription price. It has a large library of shows and movies to watch on-demand.

For sports fans, they offer the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games. As part of its on-demand sports content, it offers the popular All Or Nothing series. It focuses on sports teams and covers them from behind-the-scenes. For an additional cost, sports fans can add CBS All Access, NBA League Pass, and PGA Tour Live.

A cheaper option than YouTube TV and Hulu and Live TV, but it may have you missing your cable box.

5. CBS All Access

$5.99 per month

Similar to Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access offers on-demand options through its channel programming. However, it also offers local sports programming from CBS. This would include some NFL games, NCAA March Madness, and select PGA Tour events.

If you’re only interested in replacing local sports programming, this is a cheap option for cutting the cord.

6. Dazn

$19.99 per month

Similar to CBS All Access, Dazn offers some options for sports. It doesn’t offer the convenience of a cord-cutting cable service though. Dazn caters to sports like Boxing and MMA. They also offer sports like cricket, fishing, darts, gymnastics, and Japanese soccer.

Dazn doesn’t offer NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL games in the United States. Additionally, they offer streaming on 2 screens at a time. This is more of the single bachelor’s streaming option who is into boxing and MMA.

7. ESPN+

$4.99 per month

It’s important to mention that ESPN+ does not include normal ESPN programming. It won’t offer SportsCenter, SportsNation, Around The Horn, NFL Live, First Take, Outside The Lines, or Pardon The Interruption. It also won’t offer Monday Night Football.

It does offer extra programming like the popular 30 for 30 and E:60 documentary series. They also offer live sports from MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA Tour, and various college sports.

8. Sling TV

$25 per month

Sling TV divides its sports content between two packages. The orange package offers ESPN channels. The blue package offers NFL Network and NBC Sports.

To get all the sports, you need to purchase both packages. You can also add beIN Sports, ESPN U, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network for an additional $10.

Sling also lost all its live sports programing with FOX and CBS, which means you’ll need an antenna to watch Sunday Football.

9. AT&T TV Now

$55 per month

AT&T TV Now, formerly Direct TV Now offers a wide array of sports programming. However, you will have to shell out some extra dough. For $70 per month, you can get CBS Sports Network, four ESPN channels, FS1, FS2, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, and SEC Network.

You can watch on two screens simultaneously and add additional screens for $4.99 each. They also offer capabilities to rewatch old aired content (up to 72 hours) and offer a rewind feature that sports fans truly enjoy.

What VOD Channels Will You Choose

With all of these VOD channels for sports, it may be tough to decide. Think about what works for you, and look into the options that make sense for your area. Each area may have slightly different programs or packages.

VOD is the future of sports. Consider this, sports streaming for Super Bowl LIII was up 20% from the year before.

If you aren’t ready to cut the cord yet, refer a friend.

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Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund To Provide $1 Million To Help Young Canadians Return To Hockey

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Canadian families impacted by COVID-19 can apply now for registration fee subsidies

The Hockey Canada Foundation has launched its new $1 million Assist Fund to provide registration fee subsidies for qualified Canadians who are registered with Hockey Canada-sanctioned associations for the 2020-21 season.

“As a prominent national sports organization in the country, it’s Hockey Canada’s mission to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “It’s a goal that’s more important than ever, as COVID-19 has had a challenging impact on so many young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund allows Canadians who meet the criteria and need a financial hockey assist to apply for up to $500 in registration fee reimbursements per player, provided the registration is with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.

To enhance the impact and support for local communities, Canadians can also donate to the Assist Fund, with 100% of all donated funds reaching young Canadians. The Hockey Canada Foundation will absorb all administration costs associated with the fund. Donations can be made at HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

A line-up of hockey heroes is championing the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund. All three have provided and known the importance of assists and community support, on and off the ice.

Jarome Iginla

Marie-Philip Poulin

Greg Westlake

  • Jarome Iginla (St. Albert, Alta.) – Hockey Canada alumnus, member of the Class of 2020 for the Hockey Hall of Fame, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2002, 2010), gold medallist at the 1997 IIHF World Championship, gold medallist at the 1996 IIHF World Junior Championship and provider of one of the most famous assists in Canadian hockey history, on the Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver
  • Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que.) – Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team, two-time Olympic gold medallist (2010, 2014) and gold medallist at the 2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship
  • Greg Westlake (Oakville, Ont.) – Member of Canada’s National Para Hockey Team, gold medallist at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and four-time gold medallist at the IPC World Para Hockey Championship (2008, 2011, 2013, 2017)

The Assist Fund was born from the ongoing commitment of the many partners of Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation, including Bauer, BDO, Berkshire Hathaway, BFL CANADA, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet, CN, Hankook, Nike, OK Tire, Premium Brands, Scotiabank, TELUS, TIMBER MART, Tim Hortons, TSN and RDS.

“With job losses and reduced incomes affecting so many, young Canadians need our help more than ever to get back into hockey,” said Donna Iampieri, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “Our Assist Fund and the support of our amazing athletes and sponsors represents our combined ongoing commitment to providing access to the game.”

For more information about the Hockey Canada Assist Fund, or to apply or donate, visit HockeyCanada.ca/AssistFund.

About Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada is the governing body for hockey in Canada and a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), with a membership through its 13 member associations of over 750,000 players, coaches and officials.

Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that creates leading-edge hockey development programs for its members to deliver in communities across Canada; provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast to coast; manages numerous regional, national and international hockey championships and events; and leads the operation of all teams that represent Canada in international competition.

Hockey Canada’s mission is to lead, develop and promote positive hockey experiences. For more information on Hockey Canada, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fraser Downs Reopens for the Fall/Winter Season

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After six long months, Fraser Downs racetrack is excited to announce the start of their Fall/Winter season! Located in Cloverdale, Fraser Downs racetrack is home to some of the fastest and most promising harness racing teams in the country. After having to close the racetrack back in March, the Harness Racing community was forced to put their lives on hold and wait for an update on the COVID-19 situation.

Fortunately for the fans, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and the horsemen at Fraser Downs were able to reach an agreement that allowed stabled horses to practice on the track starting April, which meant less time lost for training. The practice sessions were to follow strict COVID-19 precautions, which remain in place today and limit the capacity and regulate the standards of the Elements Casino and the racing facility.

Abiding by these limitations, the local Harness Racing community has been able to practice and stay in shape leading up their competitive debut. The training has allowed some peace of mind for the owners, trainers, and horses who have been eager to get an actual race in motion. After many months of practice, the Fraser Downs racing community participated in their first official race of the Fall/Winter season – taking place on September 30th.

The nine-race card took place at 5:00 pm and was the sole Harness race across Canada – shining a spotlight on the Fraser Downs community. Following this kick-off race, Fraser Down continues to host two races per week – Wednesday nights at 5:00 pm PST and Friday nights at 8:00 pm PST. The races are running every week, from September through to late December, weather permitting.

Much like many racetracks across Canada, Fraser Downs will start its Fall-Winter without an audience, but they will be allowing one owner per racehorse to attend.

Fans who are eager to make their bets can watch the races online through streaming services and race apps  HPI Bet and Dark Horse. These apps offer a safe solution so that viewers may watch, wager, and win – all from the safety of their own home!

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City of Surrey resumes issuing permits for outdoor sport facilities

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The City of Surrey will resume issuing permits for outdoor sport facility bookings effective today, June 17. Surrey’s outdoor sport facilities that are available for permitting include 15 artificial turf fields, 101 sports fields, 95 ball diamonds, 3 running tracks, 6 volleyball courts and 5 lacrosse boxes.

“The camaraderie and friendships that are intrinsic to team sports have been put on hold as we fight COVID-19,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “However, the collective progress we have made to flatten the curve means that the City of Surrey can resume issuing permits for our outdoor sports facilities. While I am very pleased that we can take this step, it is important that all participants, sport groups and teams follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines before, during and after play.”

All local sport organizations who have COVID-19 safety plans in place that have been approved by their applicable governing body may contact the City at 604-501-5174 or BookaField@surrey.ca to obtain a permit.

Visitors and sport groups are reminded to help keep outdoor sport facilities open by staying home if sick, staying 2 metres apart from others, practicing individual skills and cleaning hands and equipment often. Small groups of residents, including adults and children, playing informally are requested to give way to organized play where the participating teams and individuals are operating with a valid permit.

The decision to reopen these services is aligned with Phase Two of the British Columbia Re-Start Plan, emphasizing outdoor recreation spaces as a safe environment, and stressing “appropriate personal hygiene practices before, during and after outdoor play”.

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Canada Is Starting to Show Its Strength In Sports Aside From Hockey

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It’s no surprise that Canada has been seeing a lot of victories in sports other than hockey. From the Toronto Raptors winning the 2019 NBA championship, tennis champion Bianca Andreescu winning the US Open in 2019 and the women’s soccer and basketball team qualifying for the 2020 summer olympics.

2019 was a great year for Canadian sports franchises and athletes. It was the year that the world got the opportunity to see how great Canadian athletes are and how sports in Canada is on the rise.

It was also the year the world got the chance to see how Canada is beginning to make more opportunities for the growth of other sports.

Canada is known for the game of ice hockey and hockey will always be the heart of the country, it’s a sport that brings many people together.

But as time goes by, more sports options need to be made available.

The people want to see a more diverse range of sports and they want to see their fellow Canadians succeeding in it.

Take soccer and basketball for example, these sports aren’t as big in Canada and while Canada does have various MLS leagues, it’s not as big as the leagues in South America and Europe.

Even with basketball, Canada only has one NBA team and although it’s a very talented team, it wasn’t until the Raptors won the championship that the rest of the world saw how talented the team is.

“I think it’s a huge deal that we see success in sports like [soccer, tennis and basketball] because when kids … see success like that at the national level, it gets them really excited about sports,” says Beverly Wake, sports journalist and KPU instructor .

“We’ve seen participation rates in basketball in particular in Toronto really climb as the Raptors have been successful. And in tennis, since Milos Raunic and Eugenie Bouchard… they started having success on the pro circuit,” says Wake. “so you see the success of a Raunic, … Bouchard…, now we have Bianca Andreescu too, last year winning the US Open, and I think we’ll continue to see tennis participation rates rise as well because they’re role models for kids, they see what’s possible through them.” she adds.

Wake also mentions the Toronto Raptors team and how successful they’ve been in the past years and their recent franchise record of 15 straight wins. This is also the best for any Canadian sports franchise.

Although not a lot of Canadian athletes take up the roster space, it’s still a Canadian based team.

The success from the Canadian sports team is clearly inspiring for many Canadians who are watching, especially the kids who enjoy sports and hope to play professionally in the future.

“We’ve been known as a hockey country for so long around the world and that’s … a hard stereotype to shake, but I think we’re starting to be seen as a country that actually has athletes that are really good at a lot of sports,” Wake says.

She goes on to highlight great Canadian athletes like Bianca Andreescu, Brooke Henderson, and the great team of women who qualified for Soccer and [basketball] at the summer olympics.

The important thing to note is that this is only a small amount of the great athletes and sports championships Canada has to offer, as time goes by the championships and athletes will increase and spread into other sports.

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