A Saanich Minor Hockey team is one of a handful across the country selected to be highlighted on the iconic Hockey Night in Canada.
The Saanich Braves Pee Wee C1 team, comprising 17 players, age 11 and 12, joins teams from towns such as Taber, AB, and Peterborough, ON, who were also selected to participate in this year’s Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids.
CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada will be in town Jan. 3, filming the team on the ice at their home rink of Pearkes Recreation Centre from 7 to 7:50 p.m.
The Braves will be featured on the Jan. 14 pre-game show, Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, before introducing CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada to millions of hockey fans across the country.
In addition, the team will receive a pizza party hosted by Scotiabank and an official Hockey Night in Canada team towel.
“It is a dream come true for the players (and their parents too) to be part of the great Canadian tradition of Hockey Night in Canada. To be the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids will provide these kids with a memory that they will cherish for a lifetime,” says head coach Gary Shumka.
Entry into the Scotiabank Hockey Tonight Kids program is open to all minor hockey teams across Canada, with players age eight to 16. The Saanich Pee Wee C1 team was entered by parent Nigel Sims, whose daughter Taylor is on the team. The team had received sponsorship from the Scotiabank branch in Cordova Bay.