Minor hockey president hopes to see community come out with Hometown Hockey

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The President of Campbell River Minor Hockey hopes to see the community unite with Hometown Hockey after two difficult years in the sport.

Stewart Dumont says Campbell River hockey teams were on course to do well in provincial championships before the pandemic began. However, the door was closed and difficult changes were soon to follow.

“We really didn’t have any hockey,” he says. “We started a season, played three or four games and basically just went back to training only because of cohort regulations and such.

He says it was a struggle to keep kids interested and people weren’t sure if they were on teams during the pandemic. He also says the strike at the local rink has created a difficult situation for hockey in the city.

“It lasted 10 weeks, so it was just to add fuel to the flame in terms of what we had to deal with,” he added.

However, Dumont is encouraged by the arrival of Hometown Hockey in the area. Although he says April is a tough time at the start of the baseball season, the planned events will hopefully draw crowds.

He says the community’s passion for hockey survived the two-year ordeal and came back strong after the rink strike.

“What really comforted Campbell River was that once the strike was over and the rules were dropped, we were able to put on a provincial tournament,” he said.

“We had a few teams that had very successful playoffs. It was really almost a resurgence of Tyee hockey that we came to know.

He says Hometown Hockey now shows “hockey is back” and will be a great night for the Monday night broadcast with the Vancouver Canucks game.

Games to be featured include Road Hockey and Hardest Shot and other prizes will be given out. He hopes the community and its history will be showcased at the event.

“I just think it’s a great showcase for hockey in this community and it shows our volunteerism and I think that’s a good thing,” Dumont said. “We have a rich hockey history.

He adds that local hockey commentator Kyle Bukaukas will be there for a homecoming.

Hometown Hockey takes place in Campbell River from April 16-18.

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