Hockey kid to skate with Canucks

Oak Bay youngster wins contest to join NHL team for pre-game activities

Ben White of Oak Bay will hit the ice with the Vancouver Canucks before their Dec. 21 home game against Detroit.

Ben White couldn’t believe it when his parents told him he’d been selected to skate with his heroes.

“Well, I thought that they were just joking,” says the nine year old, who lives in Oak Bay.

Next Wednesday, Ben will join the Vancouver Canucks for their pre-anthem skate, and on the blue line for the singing of “O Canada.”

Ben is equipped for both tasks, as a minor hockey defenceman playing in the atom division for the Victoria Racquet Club Kings, and as a member of a choir.

His dad, Jeremie White, entered a draw at Save-on-Foods in Saanich, which partners with the  Canucks to put on the Every Kid’s Dream contest.

“My wife and I are life-long Canucks fans,” said Jeremie. “We always looked at those kids on the blue line thinking how cute they were … (We thought) how great it would be if that happened with one of our kids.”

He entered the contest six times to better Ben’s odds. Next week, father and son will travel to Vancouver with $500 spending money.

Ben’s goal is to skate alongside his favourite player, Ryan Kesler.

So, is he nervous about this high-profile skate? “Not really,” he says. “It’s just amazing.”

The Dec. 21 game against Detroit will be shown on TSN at 7 p.m.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Nuisance tree will remain on perimeter of Fireman’s Park

Council re-affirm pledge to protecting healthy tree canopy

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

Driver charged in Central Saanich pedestrian’s death appears in court

Victim Kim Ward, 51, died on scene at the August 2018 crash

UVic second best comprehensive university in Canada: Macleans

B.C. schools take top two positions on yearly list

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Tickets available for Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame dinner and induction

Ryan Cochrane, Mike Piechnick and Rob Short among the inductees

Most Read