Before Canadian golfing greats such as Mike Weir, and Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) alumni, Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin began tearing up the links on the MacKenzie Tour (PGA Tour Canada), WEB.com Tour, and PGA Tour, they had to prove themselves as amateurs first.
This past weekend at the breathtakingly-scenic Northview Golf and Country Club off 168th St. in Surrey, B.C., nine Surrey-affiliated amateur golfers took to the tees in the 2Under VGT Spring Championship amateur-only tournament that was offering double-the-usual Order of Merit points. For amateurs, Order of Merit points determine the winner of each of three flights (Championship, Flight A, Flight B). Each flight winner receives free airfare plus two weekly grounds badges to a 2017-18 PGA Tour event of their choice–majors not included.
Coming into this weekend’s rounds, top amateurs Michael Wawryk and last year’s Championship Flight winner, Jeff Sheldon were some of the favorites to take home the title. Standing in their way, however, were fellow Champions Flight contenders, and, more importantly, Surrey-affiliated golfers, Bryan Bessant, Stewart Boldt (Surrey Golf Club), Tanvir Kahlon, and Warren Fong (Morgan Creek Golf Club). In Flight A, Surrey was represented by Adam Bodecker, Marvin Emerman, and Brad Heath, while Jason Angus and Bryce Kilpatrick put Surrey on the leaderboard in Flight B.
Over the course of the two-day event, I tracked the rounds of Boldt and Kahlon as they made their way around Northview’s Canal and Ridge courses to see some of Surrey’s golfing talent at work.
During Saturday’s opening round, I followed Boldt around the Canal course–he was in a group with Jacob Lucki and Fong. It was clear from the moment I was introduced to Boldt by VGT Commissioner, Fraser Mulholland, that the Surrey Golf Course man was one of the more outgoing and colorfully dressed members of the tour. He was (and usually is) easy to spot as he was dressed in pumpkin colored pants and a sky blue t-shirt. Boldt, a current Langley resident, can be found chatting up and joking with members of the VGT staff when he’s not in the middle of a round but will do the same with fellow golfers while they’re on the links.
Boldt, a current Langley resident, can often be found chatting with members of the VGT staff when he’s not in the middle of a round but will do the same with fellow golfers while they’re on the links. “If you give and show respect to others you get it in return, ” Boldt told me. There is no doubt that he earns plenty of it each time he takes to the course.
At age 51, Boldt has spent years honing his craft. When he was 33, he began taking his golf game more seriously, citing Tiger Woods as his source of inspiration. Over the last decade he has been able to slice his handicap from 13 to 3 due to his attention to detail (sometimes spending hours meticulously mapping out a course’s greens and discovering which golf ball suits his game the best), levelheadedness (never letting his emotions after a poor shot get to his head), and hard work (spending two days of the week on a golf course despite working 60-70 hours a week as a cabinetmaker). He had even told Mulholland before his round on Saturday, “I’ve been working so hard, I passed out on the couch in front of the TV with a slice of pizza in my hand.”
Through the first seven hole, fatigue didn’t appear to play a huge factor in his score although he would cite it as a piece of why he didn’t perform up to par. Boldt was looking like he would finish his front nine holes about half way to his handicap (2-over) collecting three bogeys and a nice birdie on seven, but when the par-5 8th came around, he would quadruple-bogey hitting his ball into water that covered nearly 500 yards on the left side of the hole.
As I was walking behind the threesome, taking notes of our conversations after their tee shots on 8, I missed the two shots of Boldt’s that landed into the hazard but noticed that his demeanor hadn’t changed from tee box to the pin, so I had assumed all had gone well. When he informed me that he scored an eight on the 8th hole, my eyebrows raised in shock. His round had just taken a horrible turn, but he was still as upbeat as he had been before the poor hole. Naturally, I asked him how he could stay so composed. The answer was simple but wise. “If I get all angry, it’d be hard to calm down.” Boldt said, “We’re amateurs, I’ve got work on Monday.”
It is clear that there was more on his mind than the pressure of having a good score through 18 holes: the devotion to his cabinet business being one and providing for his wife of 11 years being another. In between the first and second rounds of the tournament, Boldt had signed on a new client and spent time working to flip a house he bought to make some extra cash for him and his wife.
By the end of his 1st round–he shot an 82 (a few shots over his handicap)–he said his swing didn’t show the proper technique, specifically on his triple-bogey on the par-5 8th and the quadruple-bogey on the par-3 17th. “I wasn’t turning my hips through the shots, so I was getting that arm swing that I needed.” He also admitted he had felt nervous on certain holes, “I have to eliminate the mistakes I made; on certain holes I was nervous. Nerves played a part on me. My belly tightened up, my shoulders tightened.” Before heading out, he told me that he was going to get back to business but also try and get some more rest in preparation for Sunday’s round.
Boldt left Northview Golf and Country Club that day with the round already in his rearview mirror, ready to tackle whatever lay ahead of him and having earned the respect of at least one more person he met.
By midday Sunday, there slightly more tension in the air, especially in the later rounds of the afternoon. There were 3000 Order of Merit points up for grabs and Fong and Kahlon were in decent position to grab all of them away from Saturday’s leader, Craig Titterington, who completed his first round with the only score under 70, a 4-under 68. 19-year-old Tanvir Kahlon from Surrey by way of New Dehli earned a spot in the 2nd-to-last group of the final day right behind Titterington. He is one of the youngest golfers on the tour and had been improving in each of the
He is one of the youngest golfers on tour and had been improving in each of the five rounds he had played coming into Sunday. His Saturday tally of 75 tied his best of his short-season since returning home from a disappointing showing during his freshman year at New Mexico State. “We were ranked 49th out of 330 Division I schools, and then things fell apart. We were hoping to do well in the NCAA Golf Championships, but we didn’t.” When I asked him if that motivated him to take part in his first VGT, he said, “Yes. Definitely.”
Kahlon is extraordinarily focused and composed for a 19-year-old. On both days he played with some of the Championship Flight’s top names (Jeff Sheldon and Michael Wawryk) but never felt taken aback when doing so. For him, with his father by his side as his caddy, the only focus was to go out and play the best he can without worrying about anyone else’s game.
Kahlon played his final 18 holes at a thoughtful pace, often taking extra time at the tee box. He and his father were communicating telepathically as his dad would come up to him, hand him another club, and step to the side, all without mentioning a word. “My father gave me my first club and taught me how to grip the club.” Kahlon said, “He knows my game almost as good as I do.” He went on to tell me, “He’s a coach actually, and he’s a rules official too, so he’s really qualified. But, he’s my dad, he knows what I’m doing, and he loves me, so it’s easier to communicate with him over anybody else.
His father knows what club choice his son has to make, especially now that things are different while he is working on a swing change with his coach, Brett Saunders. “As you could see today, I was using a 2-iron off the tee instead of a driver. I could have hit the ball a lot farther, but I’m changing my swing. Once that gets fixed, I should shoot a 68 or a 66 on a regular basis.”His father had similar expectations regarding shooting a low score. Before Kahlon’s round, I had suggested that his son was primed for a top-5 finish. His father chuckled and said, “Why not the top spot.”
Kahlon was nearly flawless with his putter throughout the round. He only had one three-putt and managed to birdie each of the four par 5s. “I spend 3-4 hours a day working on my putting. I would say it’s the strongest club in my bag” Kahlon said following his round of 68. He was one of three golfers all weekend to shoot under 70. Unfortunately for him, he was in a group with Mike Aizawa from Richmond Country Club who had the best round of the weekend, shooting a 63 overall on Sunday and a phenomenal 7-under (29) on his final nine holes including an eagle on the par-5 7th hole. Kahlon’s score earned him a 3rd place finish, his best of the season so far.
Overall, the nine Surrey-affiliated golfers made the city proud. In the Championship Flight, Kahlon finished with the lowest score of the weekend at 1-under for 3rd place followed by Wong who finished in 13th at 15-over. Bryan Bessant finished in a tie for 17th at 18-over at his home course with Boldt eight strokes behind him at 26-over. In Flight A, the other Northview member, Brad Heath, finished tied for 6th place with a score of 15-over while Peace Portal Golf Club’s own Marvin Emerman finished tied at 19-over with Surrey’s Adam Bodecker. Finally, in Flight B, Bryce Kilpatrick, the 3rd Northview member, finished in 9th with a score 36-over with Jason Angus of Surrey Golf Club ending up in 17th at 48-over.
This weekend is the VGT’s 3rd major of the season and is open to both professionals and amateurs. As of today, only Aram Choi of Surrey is registered for the major tournament. She is one of only four women in the field. She will try her best to make Surrey proud as she goes up against the boys, but the support of Surrey residents would surely help her. If you can’t make it to Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler this weekend, check out the VGT’s schedule here to see if you can come out and cheer on any of the Surrey golfers that will be on the links all summer. One of the tour’s biggest events is back at Northview Golf Club from September 22nd-24th. That will be a local tournament that you won’t want to miss.
City Of Surrey To Host 2022 and 2024 Canada Soccer Toyota National Championships
City of Surrey, in partnership with Surrey Football Club, has been announced host of Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championship in 2022 (U-17 Cup) and 2024 (Jubilee and Challenge Trophy senior women’s and men’s competitions competitions).
The competitions will take place October 5–10, 2022 and October 9–14, 2024 at Newton Athletic Park and will welcome more than 3,000 athletes and their supporters over the course of the two events.
“Through our Sport Tourism Strategy and commitment to word-class sport hosting, Surrey is emerging as a premier sports destination in the Pacific Northwest and Canada,” said Mayor Doug McCallum.
“We are very proud to host this national sporting event and look forward to welcoming some of the finest soccer players in Canada.”
“The Toyota National Championships are the largest amateur team sport competition in Canada, and we are proud to bring a meaningful sporting opportunity to the nearly 600 clubs and 1,500 participants each fall,” said Dr. Nick Bontis, Canada Soccer President.
“Congratulations to the eight municipalities with whom we will collaborate to ensure the best participant experience for the players, coaches, referees and families.”
Surrey will host Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships Jubilee and Challenge Trophy competitions this October 6–11 at Newton Athletic Park. The 2021 male and female U-15 Cup will be held in Ottawa and U-17 Cup in Montreal.
Since 2017, Surrey has hosted over 166 sport tournaments, including five international, six national and 17 provincial events. This will be the third and fourth time Canada Soccer has selected Surrey to host its National Championships in Surrey since the organization’s inauguration in 1912.
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Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament Games To Be Broadcast On Cbc And Streamed On Dazn, Championship Floor Unveiled
With under three months until the start of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Friends of Victoria Basketball, along with their partners at Canada Basketball, are on track to host one of Canada’s most important basketball tournaments ever.
“On behalf of Canada Basketball, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Friends of Victoria Basketball and the entire local organizing committee for their continued commitment and tireless efforts to host the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria this summer,” said Glen Grunwald, President & CEO of Canada Basketball.
“Everyone has demonstrated a tremendous sense of flexibility and resolve as we continue to navigate the shifting pandemic conditions on a daily basis. They are a special group of people.”
“Additionally, we are committed to our strategy of hosting best in class domestic and international events to leverage the power of the game to unify our basketball nation,” Grunwald said.
With the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward this summer, the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament is scheduled for June 29 – July 4, at the Victoria Memorial Arena in Victoria, B.C.
For basketball fans across the country, Friends of Victoria Basketball is excited to announce that the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be broadcast by the CBC across its various platforms, both on television and online, as well as streamed on DAZN.
The partnerships with CBC and DAZN will give Canadian basketball fans access to Team Canada’s quest for Gold at the Olympic Games from the first tip-off through the tournament and into Tokyo 2020.
“We continue to plan for a world-class qualifying tournament this June 29 – July 4,” said Clint Hamilton of Friends of Victoria Basketball.
“All six nations are coming to Victoria with the goal of securing an Olympic berth so the stakes will be high and we expect to see some tight, hard-fought games. It’s exciting that both the CBC and DAZN will be broadcasting the tournament so fans across the nation can support our Senior Men’s National Team from afar.”
In-person attendance for the games is still to be determined, in accordance with evolving local and provincial health orders.
Friends of Victoria Basketball is currently planning for multiple scenarios, from a bubble with no spectators, to a percentage of spectator capacity. Updates will be sent directly to ticket holders as information becomes available.
Friends of Victoria Basketball is also honoured to announce, as published in the New York Times earlier this week, that the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be held on the same floor on which the Raptors won their 2019 NBA Championship. Team Canada head coach Nick Nurse is looking to make history once again, on the same hardwood.
“Acquiring this iconic basketball floor, and the incredible Canadian basketball history that unfolded on it, is already an important legacy from our local efforts to secure the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament,” said Hamilton.
“I have no doubt that future Canadian success stories will unfold on this floor for years to come.”
Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and will face Greece and China in the Group Phase, while Uruguay, Czech Republic and Turkey have been drawn into Group B for the Victoria FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Click here for a full tournament schedule.
Each team will play the other two teams in its own group (two games for each team). The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals. The two semi-final winners will advance to the Final, with the winner qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
More details surrounding the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be made available in the coming weeks and all event updates will be published on wethewestfest.com.
Friends of Victoria Basketball gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, City of Victoria, District of Saanich, and University of Victoria.
9 Surprising Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids
As a sport, martial arts is something that attracts many kids. The very nature of martial arts requires that in order to be any good at it, students work at it for long periods of time. Thus, parents who want their kids to be excellent martial artists will put their kids in the sport often far earlier than is typical for other sports.
This is for good reason — there are many excellent benefits of martial arts for kids. Martial arts offers development for kids in a way that no other sport can quite parallel. In this article, we’ve listed nine such benefits, with explanations of how kids achieve each of those benefits.
1. Excellent Coordination
One of the best benefits of martial arts for kids is the coordination that is sure to result. As a child, one is still learning how to use one’s body and coordinate it. Any kind of martial arts imparts excellent coordination skills.
This is because the punches, kicks, and defenses that are required in martial arts are very varied, but all rely greatly on timing and precision. A punch has to be thrown precisely, and the same goes for a kick and any type of defense.
Thus, the kid learns how to control his or her body, and also gains excellent hand-eye coordination.
2. Mental Strength
One of the key attributes that one requires to be good at martial arts is mental strength. After all, when one is in a sparring match, think of what that entails. At the end of the day, someone is trying to impart physical hurt on you!
To be able to understand that, absorb that, and still perform at a high level physically under that mental pressure will no doubt develop intense mental strength in your child. This mental strength will crossover into many other things later on in the child’s life, be it with regard to tough schoolwork or major life decisions.
Martial arts for kids is an excellent choice because like any other sport, it requires the child to be extremely teachable. No martial arts coach will allow any nonsense or tantrums from your kid. In order to at better at it, your child must approach the sport with a teachable spirit.
If your child is not willing to be coached, chances are the martial arts coach won’t allow him or her to pursue the sport for very long!
Once your child learns this teachability, you’ll find that parenting him or her home becomes much easier as well!
4. Physical Progression
Martial arts is easily one of the most demanding sports out there. Just try punching or kicking a bag for several three-minute rounds. It isn’t easy! In addition to being excellent cardiovascular training, it will also physically progress and train your child in other ways.
The net result is that your child’s muscles will grow faster, they will have greater core strength, and they’ll be able to perform far better at any other sports that they may decide to play down the road.
You might be scratching your head at this one. Teamwork? Isn’t martial arts an individual sport?
Yes it is — however, martial arts is still able to teach kids great teamwork. This is because in order to get better at martial arts, one has to spar with other students frequently. Thus, the students have to be able to communicate with each other after these sparring matches in order to learn what they could do better and how they can improve.
Consequently, your child will learn one of the most fundamental skills of teamwork: how to give and take constructive feedback. In addition, many martial arts competitions are team-based, and your child is sure to form extremely close friendships that will stay with him or her for years.
Martial arts teaches compassion. Whether one is in a true competition or in a simple sparring match, one will learn to never take his or her opponent past their limit. It suffices to beat their opponent; they never need to mercilessly crush them.
With the right coach, your child will learn to be compassionate on those who may not be as good as them and will learn to be careful to use their own strength in a way that doesn’t physically damage another child in the long-term.
7. Fighting Skills
At the end of their martial arts training, your child will be a better fighter!
The skills that they have will come in handy if there ever should arise a situation where your child has to stand their ground against a bully or needs to employ self-defense tactics while getting robbed at night.
These skills are extremely valuable and will no doubt be given to your children if they train for martial arts.
Being good at martial arts, due to the very physical nature of the sport, will inspire your child with much confidence growing up. Being good at any sport gives your child something to take pride in, and the very nature of martial arts will allow your child to hold his or her head high among their peers.
9. Athletic Competition
Competition is good for a child so that they can learn how to compete graciously and exhibit sportsmanlike behavior. If your child ends up having a natural ability for martial arts, he or she may be able to participate in some competitions.
Not only will this teach them work ethic as they train for these competitions, but it will teach them how to be a good winner, if they are fortunate enough to win, but also how to be gracious in a loss if they ever miss the mark at a competition.
The Best Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids
At the end of the day, it is clear that the benefits of martial arts for kids simply cannot be ignored. If you’re on the fence about putting your child in martial arts training, think about these benefits that your child is sure to gain!
9 Niche VOD Channels Every Sports Fan Will Love
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.
$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.
$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.
$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
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 (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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