Canucks legends, Lafleur set for Hockey Day appearance

Alan Campbell / Richmond News
November 20, 2012 02:00 AM

Veteran councillor Harold Steves takes a slapshot during the ball hockey game to open this year's Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada event at the Olympic oval. Canucks legends and Canadiens' hero Guy Lafleur will be at next year's event, held on February's new Family Day holiday weekend.

The second Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada has been set for the new Family Day holiday next February.

The extravaganza of all things hockey at the Olympic oval will this year feature a ticketed hockey game involving Vancouver Canucks alumni from their famous 1994 Stanley Cup playoff run.

Estimated to cost around $168,000 to put on less than last years $209,000 the Hockey Day in Canada event will also have interactive ball hockey, table hockey, floor hockey and road hockey for the expected 16,000 crowd at the oval.

City council agreed Monday to pay $76,500 ($58,000 from the major events provision and $18,500 from the current operating budget) to host the event, while $22,500 will come from the ovals budget, which the city contributes heavily to.

The remaining $69,000 needed to put the event on is expected to come from external sources, such as ticket and sponsorship revenues.

Other attractions on the day, which will be broadcast nationally on CBC, will include a road hockey tournament on the ovals riverfront plaza, a special appearance by Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur and a performance by the Canucks house band, Odds.

Its also planned for city council to host a reception for community sports organizations, community leaders, sponsors, business leaders and government


The same people might also be invited to take part in an exhibition game of ball hockey with retired pro hockey players.

Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will take place February 9, 2013.

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