After North Saanich won the voting for this year's version of the wildly successful Kraft Hockeyville promotion, the first question was 'Where will the game be held?'. While the $100,000 will go to the Panorama Rec Center in North Saanich, the 900 person seating capacity was simply too small. They decided to move it to the Q Center in Colwood, home of the BCHL Victoria Grizzlies and recent national champions Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse League.
The Hockeyville game is far more than just the influx of cash to a vital part of the community and the hockey development. It's a chance for the entire community to celebrate the game, get a close up look at the Cup, and interact with players in a way they normally wouldn't. And you don't need a ticket to the game to take part in the festivities.
Things kick off tomorrow morning with the red carpet arrival of the San Jose Sharks between 7:45 and 9 am. The Sharks will then practice, and do a media session afterwards. The Canucks are expected to arrive, fresh off their successful training camp in Prince George around 10:15.
They're sending players over to Bayside Middle School in Brentwood Bay to meet the kids, and then there's the game itself, getting the full Sportsnet treatment: Jim Hughson, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean, etc.
So here's the deal: I want you all to have some kind of interaction in this: I want you to post questions that we can ask the players on the red carpet. Post them in the comments or go on twitter and use the hashtag #HockeyvilleRedCarpet and I will choose the good ones and try and fire them off at the players.