Hockey Canada to celebrate centennial year in Sylvan Lake

Hockey Canada will mark its 100th birthday with a three-day celebration in Sylvan Lake starting May 29.

Hockey Canada will mark its 100th birthday with a three-day celebration in Sylvan Lake starting May 29.

The organization officially turned 100 in December, and throughout the entire hockey season has been visiting communities all across Canada with its Century Tour caravan filled with interactive historic hockey displays.

The tour will be situated at the Sylvan Lake Canadian Tire on Friday, May 29 from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Former NHL player Rhett Warrener (Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers) will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

During the Sylvan Lake stop, a synthetic ice rink will also be set up, allowing local teams and players to participate in free programming sessions. Hockey Canada’s Mike Dundas will lead on-ice skill sessions, and will be assisted by Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp Staff.

To participate in the sessions, players are required to have played in Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey’s Novice, Atom or PeeWee divisions in the 2014/2015 minor hockey season. Participation is being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Players participating in all skill sessions are required to wear full hockey gear.

Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible by calling 403-887-2159 as space is limited.

A free skate will take place on the synthetic rink from 3 to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and is open to anyone interested in playing on the surface. A helmet, gloves, skates, a neck guard, elbow pads and a stick are required.

About four to six volunteers are still needed for the various family fun events that will take place. To sign up as a volunteer, call 403-887-2159.

All proceeds generated through the event will go to the Sylvan Lake Jumpstart Chapter.


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