The Vancouver Canucks welcomed a group of 21 Novice-level Richmond Ravens players to their home game at Roger's Arena on Saturday November 18, 2017. The players played a scrimmage during the 1st period intermission and then joined a group of accompanying parents, friends and siblings in the stands to watch the Canucks battle against the St. Louis Blues.
The event started with a team bus trip from Richmond Ice Centre to Roger's Arena, whereupon the team and accompanying equipment were ushered to a luxurious change room. After changing, the Canucks mascot Fin was a surprise visitor, and the excited players were filmed and shown on the arena big screen in anticipation of their playing on the main ice surface. After waiting at the zamboni entrance along with TV reporters and ice maintenance crew, the group spilled on the ice and had a fun game with everyone on the ice at the same time. The crowd enjoyed the game and the players enjoyed the cheers emanating from the announced crowd of 18,865 in attendance. After changing, the Ravens players ascended to their seats and enjoyed a fun night in the stands.
Many thanks to the Vancouver Canucks and Tim Hortons for their generosity and hospitality in hosting this event. Thank you also to Henry Honda, Mimi Nishi, and Melanie Mackay of the Richmond Ravens Board, and Coaches Bobby Nishi, Mark David and Martin Bollo for their roles in making the event happen. This event is certainly one that the players will remember for a lifetime!