Friday January 18 is the 9th annual Mayor’s Cup – this year, as I do not play hockey, a local team will be playing the Canucks Alumni team! The event will be from 7-9pm, with an autograph signing beforehand at 5pm.
Thomas Gradin, who led the Vancouver Canucks to the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup final in 1982, is among the members of the Canucks Alumni who will play in the upcoming Mayors Cup in the Comox Valley.
The Canucks Alumni is comprised of former hockey players, coaches, administrators and a few entertainers. It has about 125 members living in B.C., the core group in the Lower Mainland. Other members live in various parts of North America and Europe. Its purpose is to support the hockey fraternity as well as charities.
The annual Courtenay versus Comox challenge is a fundraiser featuring local politicians, business leaders and guests. Along with Gradin (now a Canucks scout), other former National Hockey League players participating are Jamie Huscroft, Moe Lemay, John Craighead, BJ MacDonald, Brent Hughes and Chris Higgins. Former minor league goalie Terry Bingley will also play.
Proceeds from the Mayors Cup will benefit Comox Valley KidSport — a non-profit organization that helps children who cannot play sports due to financial barriers.
Tickets will be available at the door! But to avoid disappointment if the event sells out, tickets are available for pre-purchase at Happy’s Source for Sports (256 6th Street, Courtenay), Courtenay Chevron (600 Ryan Road, Courtenay) and Comox Chevron (701 Anderton Road, Comox) – cash only please.
Kids under 12: $15
Seniors: Free (by donation)
If you are interested in pre-purchasing tickets, please visit one of the locations above or email KidSport at email@example.com
And do have a look at the video from Ryan Williams below, featuring myself and Courtenay Mayor, Bob Wells.
KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process we provide grants so they can play a season of sport. Nationally, KidSport is comprised of a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 166 community KidSport chapters. Since its creation in 1993, over 750,000 kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming.