Lets Go Blazers!
Ice hockey is part and parcel of Canadian culture, which is why every year we host a trip to watch our ‘home team’ Kamloops Blazers play at the Sandman Centre.
Watching ice hockey is a must for anyone spending a significant amount of time in Canada – as the national sport, you’ll be hard-pushed to avoid ice hockey, it is on screens in bars and restaurants everywhere you turn!
Experiencing a game live is something to tick off your bucket list during your time in Canada. Chomping down popcorn and mini-doughnuts, enjoying an ice cold beer and ringing a bell when a goal is scored makes sure the evening is filled with buzz and excitement.
Being a north American sport, the big screen plays a central role in the enjoyment of the game – from interviews rink-side, to competitions and dance-offs – and this year was extra special, as one of our very own Winter Sports interns was crowned Dance Champion!
Of Course, ice hockey wouldn’t be the national sport without the occasional fight, and it didn’t disappoint this year.
Our group of budding snowboard and ski instructors got well and truly into the spirit of things – face paints and hockey jerseys were the order of the evening!
Ice Hockey is not for the faint hearted, every game you will see players body-slammed into the side in a bid to take control of the puck – helmets get knocked off and hockey sticks get broken. The crowd lap up the drama, and the players aren’t afraid to start a fight in exchange for a few minutes in the penalty box.
Did you know – many ice hockey teams have players who hold an unofficial role of ‘enforcer’. These are the tough guys on the team, who’s turn the ice rink into a boxing ring when things get hairy!
The Kamloops Blazers owned the Vancouver Giants and won 6 – 3! In fact, the only thing missing from our ice hockey trip this year was taking home our very own puck!
Kamloops Blazers are a major junior hockey team, playing in the Western Hockey League – the highest level of junior ice hockey in Canada. Players are aged between 16 and 21 years of age and if successful will go on to play in the major leagues – The NHL.