Haisla Nation Council Street Hockey Tournament

Hillary Johnson

Slapshots were flying and parents were cheering for their kids who participated in Wednesday's street hockey tournament at the Riverlodge Recreation Center in Kitimat and hosted by the Haisla Nation Council. The free tournament included two age groups for kids 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. Organizer, Adrian Mercer, says special guests, former NHL hockey coach and players, interacted with the many participants.

"Bryan Trottier is our special guest. He was a special guest of the Haisla Nations Golf Scramble Tournament last year. Gino Odjick and Peter Leech, we have relationships with them through Haisla Nation Council. Bryan Trottier is here right now, he is refereeing. He will be playing in and out of the games. Gino is coaching one of the 6 to 8 teams, and Peter Leech will be playing too."
Former NHL player, all-star and Hall of Famer, Bryan Trottier was grateful for the invitation and opportunity to share his love of hockey. 
"We really promote this. Really is an opportunity to blend a first nations community with the community and have it all-inclusive. We are so proud and so excited for the youth and I can't thank Haisla Nation enough and Crystal Smith. I think their vision, I think in order for something ot this generation of hockey fans, and so we are proud to be here."
Trottier hoped that every player will bring home a fond memory from the event.
"We all hope they score goals, they make an assist or they poke check or make a big save, that they go home with that one little memory they hold special, whether it's an autograph from Gino (Ojick) or myself or a picture of something that they remember the game of hockey about."
Each participant was provided with a complimentary lunch and dinner as well as a water bottle, hockey stick and ball and it wss made possible with the sponsorship support of Haisla Nation Council, LNG Canada, Haisea Marine, ESS Compass Group Canada and Superior Propane. The hockey action has concluded and, in the end, it didn't matter who won or lost. All participants had a great time playing the sport they love and meeting some hockey heroes.

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