Lethbridge Hurricanes host “Skate with the ‘Canes” at Kainai Sports Center

Lethbridge Hurricanes host “Skate with the ‘Canes” at Kainai Sports Center

Blaire Russell, Communications Officer

Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement

The Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes hosted an afternoon community visit on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. The ‘Skate with the ‘Canes’ event was a chance for approximately 130 Blood Tribe community members to watch the Hurricanes practice, get autographs from their favourite players, and skate with the WHL team.

The event has been in the works for the past few years but had a few challenges along the way. Last year’s event was postponed due to maintenance issues with the Kainai Sports Center rink.

Kainai Minor Hockey Association President, Jim Plume expressed his gratitude for the WHL team, “We really appreciate their support.” Jim’s late son, Clay Plume was a defenceman for the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 2001 to 2004 and was an inspiration for the Kainai Nation both on and off the ice. Jim looks forward to future collaborations with the Hurricanes and the Blood Tribe youth.

“We’re hoping to do some more work with the local minor hockey groups and developing better partnerships,” Bob Bartlett, Senior Scout for the Lethbridge Hurricanes stated. “There are some good skaters and very good athletes coming from the Blood Tribe, so we’re excited about those kids.”

“It’s fun, it’s awesome to help put a smile on the young people’s faces,” Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters stated and further expressed, “If we can help promote the sport, promote them staying active, and staying busy in hockey – we’re all for it.”

“It’s pretty exciting to see a team such as the Hurricanes and for our youth to get up close and personal to meet their favourite Hurricane,” Kainai Minor Hockey Association Coordinator, Chad Chiefmoon stated. “I would like to thank [the team] for taking time out of their busy schedules to hang out with us, we’re looking forward to our next visit.”

The Lethbridge Hurricanes with youth participants from the Blood Tribe at “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes team practice at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Members of the Lethbridge Hurricanes staff handing out t-shirts at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and youth from the Blood Tribe at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Players from the Lethbridge Hurricanes signing autographs for the Blood Tribe youth at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach Bill Peters speaking with Blood Tribe youth at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Kainai Minor Hockey Association President – Jim Plume and Lethbridge Hurricanes Senior Scout – Bob Bartlett at the “Skate With The ‘Canes” event on January 7, 2024, at the Kainai Sports Center in Standoff, AB. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

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