All 16 B.C. Hockey League teams will be on the prowl for valuable points this weekend, but the real winner will be KidSport.
As the chosen charity for the league’s 50th anniversary weekend, KidSport will be the beneficiary of countless fundraising efforts by each team as they battle in home-and-home series. The Vernon Vipers will entertain the Salmon Arm SilverBacks tonight at Wesbild Centre before heading to the Sunwave Centre for a Saturday tilt with the Gorillas.
There will be a silent suction, including a pair of Canucks tickets, signed Vipers jersey and other items and services donated by local sponsors on tap Friday night.
To further help raise money for KidSport, tickets for sections H, J or K can be purchased at the front desk of Vernon Rec Centre, or from Ann Holmes at 250-308-1558.
Westcoast Authentics will be donating 25 per cent of their proceeds to the charity, and KidSport will have their own tent set up on the concourse. As well, Home Depot will be giving away 500 free thundersticks.
“Our team marketers and sales people have really embraced this challenge and come up with some great ideas to promote their teams and the history of their franchises and the league,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis, formerly of the Morning Star.
“I’m impressed with the initiative shown by our teams and hope fans get on board with the festivities too.”
Also available at all BCHL rinks this weekend is the 50th season commemorative edition of Smart Hockey magazine, as well as limited edition ‘BCHL 50’ T-shirts.
There is a fan bus headed to the Saturday game in Salmon Arm. The $20 ticket includes bus fare, food and entry to the game. The bus departs from Wesbild at 5:15 p.m. that night.
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under.