No Wheels? Get to #TheTourney with TravelSmart!

Are you trying to figure out how you will get to Coquitlam Centre for the tourney? TravelSmart from Translink has a few solutions for you, and they’re easier than you may think!!!

TRANSIT is made easy, since Play On! takes place right across from Coquitlam Station which is a very easily accessible transit spot. It is just a 20 minute bus ride from Braid Street SkyTrain Station via the 169, which departs every 15 minutes! If you are coming from downtown, just hop on the 160 along Hastings, which runs every 30 minutes and you’ll be at Play On! in under an hour

If you are wondering when your bus comes, take advantage of Translink’s GPS system by visiting http://nb.translink.ca or TEXTING your bus stop number to “33333“! For more personalized transit directions, visit Google Maps here

BIKING is no problem, thanks to TravelSmart’s cycling map of the Tri-Cities that shows all of Coquitlam’s bike-friendly routes to make it easy and safe for you to put your wheels to use!

If you like the sound of both of those options, BIKING + TRANSIT might be the option for you! Every Translink bus can hold two bikes – to find out how to attach your bike to the bike rack, take a look at this video from Translink. If the SkyTrain is your transit mode of choice, you can store your bike at the SkyTrain station or you can even bring it ON the SkyTrain!

CARPOOLING is another option for getting to the tourney - did you know that the average car only has 1.3 people in it!? That means there are empty seats galore, and your teammates would be more than willing to let you scoop up one of those! PLUS, if you carpool with your team, that means you get to strategize the whole way there! We know you want a little advantage on your competition!

If you want to take a CAR but don’t have access to one the weekend of Play On!, you can still access one with a carsharing company like ModoZipCar, or Car2Go! All it takes is a low hourly fee to access one of the many cars parked throughout Metro Vancouver. Hint: for special discounts, TravelSmart has your back – just visit them here!

SEE YOU SOON!

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POWER UP with Ener-C!

POWER UP with Ener-C!

Play On! Vancouver & Kelowna are proud to welcome our first official sponsor to the Play On! family. ENER-C!!!

New from Pauling labs, Ener-C is the tastiest vitamin drink on the planet.  Over 25 Vitamins and nutrients! Ener-C provides energy, immune support, electrolytes, antioxidants, and so much more.  Power up with Ener-C!

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There are FOUR different flavoursOrangeRaspberryLemon Lime, & Tangerine Grapefruit.

We’re going to have plenty of Ener-C at Play On! BC events this Spring!! BUT in case you’d like to SAMPLE this hot new drink sooner than May/June, Ener-C reps will be sampling their four exciting flavours at the following locations in February…

  • Tuesday Feb 11 at Whole Foods Robson, 11 AM – 2 PM AND Whole Foods in Kits, 3-6 PM
  • Wednesday Feb 12 at Whole Foods in West Van, 11 AM – 2 PM AND Whole Foods Cambie, 3-6 PM, AND Whole Foods Robson, 3-6 PM
  • Sunday Feb 16 at the Wellness Show, 2-6 PM
  • Thursday Feb 20 at Genesis on Davie, 11 AM – 2 PM AND Whole Foods Cambie, 3-6 PM
  • Wednesday Feb 26 - Thurs 27 at Genesis on Main St, 11 AM – 2 PM AND Whole Foods Cambie, 3-6 PM

If you want to find out more about Ener-Ccheck out their website“Like” them on FacebookFollow them on Twitter. Make sure to make it out to one of their samplings in the Lower Mainland this month and “Power Up!”

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Play On! is BACK.. Are you ready for the #BCtrifecta?

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HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S PLAY ON! BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria April 26-27, Kelowna May 24-25, Vancouver June 7-8, 2014

Play On BC trifecta map

Over one million Canadians have participated in a Play On! street hockey event.

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February 1, 2014 –  Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is excited to announce that for the sixth year, Canada’s Largest Street Hockey Tournament will visit British Columbia. Play On! will visit Kelowna on the weekend of May 24-25, the Lower Mainland during the weekend of June 7-8, 2014 and for the second year, will visit Victoria April 26-27, 2014. Play in all three events this Spring to complete the #BCtrifecta

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is a team pre-registration event.  The tournament features recreational and competitive 4-on-4 street hockey divisions for boys, girls, men, and women of all ages and skill levels.  Anyone can play! Each tournament also features a corporate division.  Teams consist of a minimum of five and a maximum of seven players, and prizes are awarded to winning teams in every division.  Pricing ranges from $50 per youth to $70 per adult.  For team registration details, visit www.playon.ca

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The event is free to spectators, and features a festival atmosphere that includes food and other vendor exhibits, a celebrity street hockey game, and breakaway skills competition.  Regular Season Games for the 100-400 teams expected to play in the tournament run Saturday from 8:00am – 8:00pm.  Playoffs begin on all rinks on Sunday at 8am, with quarter, semis, and finals action in all age divisions happening between 11am and 4pm that day.

Winners and finalists in Elite (19+), U19, and U17 divisions from each event will progress to the National Championship, being held at the end of September, location TBA. Each team will compete for the Redwood Cup and recognition as Canada’s Greatest Street Hockey Players during Sports Day in Canada on CBC.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is brought to British Columbia by our event partners including CBC Sports, Booster Juice, Pro Hockey Life, Gongshow Gear, Ener-C, Canadian Springs, and Cat Rentals.   More sponsorship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and paid officiating opportunities are still available. 

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Returning again in 2014 is the UPS Corporate Division Challenge to fundraise for a selected local charities. For more info on how you can enter a team visit www.playon.ca/events/vancouver/ups.

For more information on divisions, rules, frequently asked questions, and to register teams, Canadians of all ages and skill levels are invited to visit www.playon.ca

Play On!

For more information please contact:

Lauren Foss

Event Manager, Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On!                                                       

604.688.7584                                                                

Vancouver2014@playon.ca

Kelowna2014@playon.ca

Victoria2014@playon.ca

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Play On! 2014 Contest

This season at Play On! BC, the champions of the annual Play On! Celebrity Game in both Kelowna and Vancouver got to hoist the unnamed Celebrity Game Trophy!

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In Vancouver, Jeff Tambellini‘s Red Teamtook the title, winning 8-7 in a shootout over Brendan Gallagher’s White Team.

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The Celebrity Trophy remained unnamed during 2013′s tournaments in Kelowna and Vancouver. Now we need your help to name it!!

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Think you can come up with a good name for the Celebrity Game Trophy? 

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or via email at vancouver2014@playon.ca or kelowna2014@playon.ca. 

You could win a chance to play in the 2014 Celebrity Game!

Contest will be open until the end of 2013, maximum of three entries per person, stay tuned for updates!

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Thanks everybody, have a wonderful summer!

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KidSport Tri-Cities

KidSport Tri-Cities

KidSport believes that no child should be left on the sidelines and that all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sport. When kids are active and have something to look forward to, they are healthier, learn better and live better. Teamwork, social skills, the benefits of physical activity, goal setting, leadership and other important life skills happen when kids play community level sports.

KidSport Tri-Cities is the local chapter and is run by committed volunteers who raise money to subsidize registration fees for kids who can’t afford to play sports.  It is the second largest KidSport chapter in the province and last year helped more than 600 kids get in the game in the Tri-Cities.  All 50/50 proceeds today will benefit KidSport Tri-Cities, so please dig deep and support KidSport, “So ALL kids can play!”

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Play On! Vancouver 2013

Well Vancouver, Play On! came, we saw, and we conquered. And if you happened to miss it, we have the full recap for you right here, right now!

It started out Thursday when the Play On! crew hit the site in full force. Outside, set-up was in full swing. There were a few sun burns, but luckily we had some Aloe and helpful hints from other staff members to take care of that.

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(Goodies for the Player Bags)

Inside, however, was a bit of a different story. There was staff and volunteers preparing the packages for each and every player. Due to unfortunate events, the PopChips bags were stuck at the border, so we did all we could so that when the bags got there, filling the bags was as easy as 1,2,3. We sent out Court, a fellow intern, to drive to the border and pick the bags up. I think you can agree with me that that is dedication!

Thursday, we threw in the towels early to get rested up for Check-in, which started Friday at 1, and boy did we have a big crowd. With 350 teams to check in, the Play On! crew was ready and rearing to go. We set up outside London Drugs in Coquitlam Centre and started handing out shirts and taking names. It was a busy afternoon, but the Play On! staff persevered to make sure everyone’s team got checked-in and were ready to go. There was even a rep from KPMG in attendance to take count of all our players for the Guinness World Record!

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(Waiting to Check-In)

The big day came all to soon as Play On! staff started to arrive at 6:00am to start getting ready for more check-in and the ball drop. Everyone grabbed their Tim Hortons and away we went.OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING!

For anyone that was there for the 8:00 start, we all had the honor of listening to the lovely, and might I add, incredibly talented Natasha Zimbaro, Sony Recording Artist, who did the honors of singing our Country’s cherished anthem at the first Elite Game on the Tim Horton’s feature rink. A beautiful singer for a beautiful morning!

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(Crowded around the Feature Rink)

The grounds were busy as teams were heading to and from games, checking scores, buying equipment, and checking out our Sponsor’s Village, which included Tim Hortons, BC Tree Fruit, Stub Hub, Popchips, Booster Juice, Factory Hockey, Coquitlam Express, Montana’s, and CFox. Games were in full force, taking place on 34 rinks spread out across the outside parking lot at Coquitlam Centre.

The Celebrity game kicked off at noon, with familiar names like Jeff Tambellini, Haleigh Callison, Mark Donnelly, Gino Odjick, Karm Sumal, Spencer Humphries, and Cam Reid for the Red Team. The White team was led by Brandon Gallagher, Josh Nicholls, Sarah Blyth, Trevor Loke, Cliff Ronning. Jeff’s team took the title, winning 8-7. Our fantastic celebrities were rewarded with prize packs from Nando’s and PopChips.

Do you have a good name for Play On’s new Celebrity Game Trophy? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! You could win a chance to play in the celebrity game next year!!

Vancouver 2013 Celeb Game Group Shot(Play On! Vancouver 2013 Celebrity Game Players)

Playoff schedules were posted online by 9:00pm Saturday night with little to no problem due to an awesome new idea put into place by Play On’s infamous Operations Director, Charles Musto.

Playoffs kicked off at 8am on Sunday as teams buckled down and started to lay down the dekes, as they were all vying for the title of Champion.

Everyone had the chance to regroup over lunch, as players prepared go head-to-head, or rather head-to-goalie, to win the Break-Away Challenge Title. Unfortunately, the Break-away Challenge was cancelled due to some weather interference, and by interference I mean rain flooding rinks! But, as true Canadians, and for the love of the game, we wiped our eyes, shook our hair, and kept on playing!

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(Escaping the Downpour)

Games slowly wrapped up in the afternoon, as teams were eliminated, and divisions whittled down to the last teams standing. The winners of each division, listed below, walked away with prizes from Granville Island Brewing, The BC Lions, SFU Men’s Hockey, Coquitlam Express, Coquitlam Adanacs, Factory Hockey, Nando’s, Purdy’s Bath & Body Works, A & W, and many more.

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Division Winner Division Winner
Tidbits Fantastic Five Dusters Honey Badgers
Dekers Stickmen Muckers GSA Lions
Jukers Port Moody Ducks Contenders Coed Puck Bunnies
Danglers Royals Contenders Pre Game All Stars
Snipers Maple Ridge Danglers All Stars Assassins
Enforcers North Stars Elite Azzurri
Grinders Here For Beer Elite Female Richmond Devils
Legends  Canada Chiefs

We had a few guest appearances by Hawkey the Hawk from the Abbotsford Heat, and Barci from Nando’s to cheer on the players. Other highlights included munching on bags of PopChips, rocking some sweet orange or blue shades from StubHub, the most delicious apples slices from BC Tree Fruit, and free coffee and timbits from Tim Horton’s.

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(Tidbits Champs: Fantastic Five; CO-ED Contenders Champs: Puck Bunnies)

Team names were abuzz around the Master Score Board Tent, with the Winner of “Best Team Name of Play On! Vancouver 2013″ going to…..THE DEKES OF HAZZARD. Honorable mentions include Gagne West, Malkin in the Middle, Wheezing Cyclones, Bandz a make her dance, Hard Hats & Lunch Buckets, ODUYA EVEN LIFT BRO?, 8 Past Luongo, Game…Blouses, Pelt Snatchers, Twine Ticklers, The Swashbucklers, Goal Diggers.

The Play On! crew also decided to award a team for “Best Dressed of Play On! Vancouver 2013″ and the winner, by a unanimous vote, is…..THE BUCKLERS. Way to go Gallagher!

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(The Bucklers)

Thanks everybody for coming out to Play On! Vancouver! We appreciate the continued support and could not have pulled it off without our loyal participants, volunteers, referees, and staff.

If you have a chance, click here to fill out our survey so that we can make sure Play On! 2014 is just as good, if not better, than Play On! 2013!

The turnout was tremendous, teams were phenomenal, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Stay classy and see you next year Vancouver!

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Play On! Vancouver Lost & Found Items

Participants, volunteers, refs, and spectators. We have in our possession a box overflowing with lost & found gear from the weekend. If you recognize any of the below items, please email us at Vancouver@playon.ca

As for the backpack, please describe what is inside if it is in fact yours.

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Pop Up Contests at Play On Vancouver

We will be hosting Pop-up Contests during the course of Play On! Vancouver on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!

Follow us on Twitter @playonvancouver and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PlayOnBritishColumbia  for chances to win some awesome prizes during the event!

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We will be sending out Facebook posts and tweets all day, and would love to talk to you!

Send us pictures at the tournament, and try to find us on site! Check our tweets regularly and chances are, you’ll see one of our awesome contests!

Can’t wait to see you at the tournament!

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Play On! Kelowna 2013

Downtown Kelowna was shut down last weekend as the Play On! crew rolled into town. The tournament included 16 rinks, 146 teams, and thousands of spectators over the weekend. We had 7 Elite Teams, 57 Adult Division teams, and 82 Youth Division teams. Teams came from all over, some as far as Calgary, to participate and be apart of this year’s Play On! Kelowna. We had some beautiful weather to help celebrate Kelowna’s biggest turnout yet.

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A number of sponsors and vendors set up and were in full force, helping to hydrate, energize, and support the teams, including Booster Juice, Canadian Springs Water, BC Tree Fruits, the Kelowna Rockets, Sun Country Scion, Wellness Spa, KidSport, Kelly O’Brians, Ogo Pogo Mini Donuts, Peak Perfection Ice Cream, TNT Dynamite Foods, Mustard Tiger, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and Twisted Lemon Vendors.

The games were put on hold as the best celebrity match to date went down on Saturday. Celebrities included:

White Team                                                                                       Blue Team
Andre Blaneil                                                                                     Brett Palin
Brandon McMillan                                                                           Cody Almond
Curtis Gedig                                                                                       Colin Basran
Daniel Bibby                                                                                       Dylan Hood
Evan Bloodoff                                                                                    Jamie McEwan
Rick Sawasky                                                                                      Myles Bell
Tim Morton                                                                                        Tyler Mosienko
Tyson Baillie                                                                                       Brett McLean
Justin Schultz                                                                                     Blake Comeau

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(Celebrity Game)

The White team dominated the blue team 9-5, with a few of the boys taking time afterwards to fulfill many dreams of meeting an NHLer and getting stuff signed. Athletes, they’re just like us!

Some highlights were the many ridiculous team names we saw pass through the rinks. Some honourable mentions include Kelowna Knitting Club, Fifty Shades of Sean Henderson, Crosby’s Timbits, Tuff Sean & The Friendship Club, #livelaughlove, Straight outta Conklin, and Rubber Puckies.

The Winners of each division, listed below, got prizes awarded from Bar Down Hockey, Kelowna Rocket’s tickets, Vouchers to The View Winery, Kernels Tins, Blendz Gift Certificates, and much more!

Division Winner Division Winner
Dekers Sniperz Dusters Burnaby Shore
Jukers Street Heat Muckers Los Pollos Hermanos
Danglers Wheelers Contenders The Core
Snipers Bear Stein Bears All Stars Fubar
Enforcers Kelowna Knitting Club Elite Drillers
Grinders AM Lumber

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(Drillers; Sniperz)
Thanks everybody for coming out to Play On! Kelowna! We appreciate the continued support and could not have pulled it off without our loyal participants, volunteers, referees, and staff. Until next year Kelowna!

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Win A Chance To Be Cheered On By A Pro Player

Do you and your team want a chance to have a pro hockey player come and be on the sidelines, cheering you on, while you play your team? How about getting some post-game tips from him? Like how to deke better, shoot faster, or heck, how to be lighter on your feet (cause we all know that ladies love fancy footwork)?

Since we all know that this is every players dream, here’s what you have to do:

Show us what you got, what you’re made of, your skills, your moves, your style. Follow the checklist below and post pictures and/or videos of you and your team doing everything on the list. Finish it and you will be entered in to have our mystery player come watch you play, and give you and your team a few little tips on how to improve your game.

Contest List:

- Stick-handling

- Ball-handling

- Most obscure place to play

- Team warm-up

- Team outfits

- Celebratory dance

- Team watering hole

- Team outing

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(Most obscure place to play – under water)

Post the pictures and videos to the Play On! Vancouver Facebook page, the Play On! Vancouver Facebook group, our Twitter @playonvancouver, or to our Instagram PlayOnBC, then Tag Play On! Vancouver so that we don’t miss you! You have just under two weeks to complete the tasks. Trust me, it’s worth it!

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Pop-Up Contests!

We will be hosting Pop-up Contests during the course of Play On! Kelowna! on our Facebook and Twitter accounts!

Follow us on Twitter @playkelowna and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PlayOnBritishColumbia  for chances to win some awesome prizes during the event!

We will be sending out Facebook posts and tweets all day, and would love to talk to you!

Send us pictures at the tournament, and try to find us on site! Check our Facebook account and tweets regularly and chances are, you’ll see one of our awesome contests!

Can’t wait to see you at the tournament!

 

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Jeff Tambellini & Factory Hockey Player Development

Jeff Tambellini, or “Tambo” as he’s known to his buddies, teammates, friends, and family, has a story that starts like any other. He grew up in Port Moody, BC, spending his time with the other kids playing your average, everyday stick and puck on the streets. This is where he first experienced what would eventually turn into, where his story changes from so many, a career for him.

Once he put on the blades and hit the ice, hockey became a part of him. As a Junior, Jeff played for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL. Following his Junior career, Jeff attended the University of Michigan where he was a top player in the CCHA. Jeff was then drafted by the LA Kings where he started his NHL career, was then traded to the New York Islanders, where he would spend the next five years, and then coming home to proudly play on familiar ground, with the Vancouver Canucks. After playing with the Canucks, Jeff headed overseas, where he’s landed a spot with the Modo in the Swedish Elite League, and looks to head back for the 2013/2014 season. Asked if he knows what the future holds, Jeff’s reply was simply “I take it year by year…day by day.”

Besides playing hockey, Jeff also helps to develop other young, up and coming, or already pro hockey players with both on and off ice training at Factory Hockey. This isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill training experience though. Jeff, alongside Troy Dalton, help to train hockey players physically, mentally, financially, covering almost every aspect in terms of going pro.

So far in Vancouver, Factory Hockey has been a huge success and Jeff would like to see that success spread east. He hopes to open Factory Hockey locations throughout Western Canada, making it easy for professional hockey players from all over to train, while still keeping the Vancouver location the central, main one. He likes the idea of having a training location in the heart of Vancouver, so that players can come, train, and have the rest of their day to do whatever, instead of it being filled with travelling.

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(Group shot of some Factory Hockey members)

If you want to know more about Jeff, or see him in action, head out to Coquitlam June 8. He’ll be suiting up to star in the Hockey Night In Canada’s Play On! Celebrity Game at noon.

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Play On! Kelowna CHECK-IN

Play On! Kelowna Check-In Details

The time has come. The moment has arrived. You’ve been anticipating this all year long. Time to check your team in, and begin the mayhem and excitement that is Play On! Kelowna.

DATE

Friday May 24, 2013

TIME

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

LOCATION 

Prospera Place – Main foyer

1223 Water St.

Kelowna, BC

Map to Check-In

What you will do at Check-In:

1.  Submit signed Waiver Forms and have ID for us to check.

Click here for a copy of the Waiver Form

*Without a signed waiver form, you can’t play. Make sure to get signed waiver forms for every member!

2.  Pick up your t-shirts & player bags. These include some sweet swag from the Play On! Kelowna Sponsors, including Booster Juice

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3.  Purchase water bottles ($10.00), and by doing so, acquire the right to drink unlimited sports drinks all weekend long! Cause let’s admit it, Gatorade beats H2O anyday! Unless your Bobby Boucher, the Waterboy!  Buy your water bottles as a team and pay only $7.00 each!   Check out the bottles on our Instagram Page

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4.  Make any Player Additions or Player Changes. 

This can be done at Check-In or on site up to one hour before your first game.  Player changes and additions cannot result in a change of division. Be sure to check to make sure ages and divisions are correct so that your team doesn’t have to miss out! Remember that it is Cash only please.

If you cannot check-in Friday, please come Saturday AT LEAST an hour before your first game. Player bags and t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed at this point. So, if you want all the extra perks of checking in early, elect a captain, send him or her down Friday, so that your team doesn’t have to miss out! The Player Packs are something not to be missed!

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Player Packs from the previous year. Pretty Sweet hey?

Other Important Info:

 

  • Participants are required to have ID with them at Check In and throughout the event.  ID must show date of birth. ID for ALL Players will be checked at Check In and/or at the event.
  • Tournament Schedules will be available online by 9:00 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2013.  Go to www.playon.ca and click on the Schedules Tab.
  • Playoff Schedules will be posted on Saturday evening.  Please visit playon.ca on Saturday night to see the Playoff Schedules.
  • Games begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and Playoff games begin Sunday morning at 8:00 AM.
  • All purchases and player additions need to be paid in cash.

We look forward to seeing you at Play On! Kelowna!

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FOX ROCKS CLUB CONTEST: CHANCE FOR FREE TEAM REGISTRATION AND TO PLAY IN THE CELEB GAME

Would you like a chance to play with former NHLers and a chance to participate in Play On! Vancouver for free?

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99.3 the FOX is our very own Canadian alternative rock radio station in Greater Vancouver.  They are the home of The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Pearl Jam, Foster The People, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Tool, Green Day and more. They are writing the next chapter of music’s great history.  Vancouver’s rock is 99.3 THE FOX!

Sign up for the 99.3 The FOX ROCKS Club and enter to win a free team registration into Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! plus a chance to play in the exclusive celebrity game with former NHLers!

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! Is less than a month away! So bring your team in!

For more information and to register a team, register as a volunteer, or register as an official for this program that will continue to help further unify the nation, Canadians of all ages and skill levels are invited to visit playon.ca Space is limited. Several of the events reached capacity in advance of last year’s registration deadline, so teams are encouraged to register early.

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ONLY 12 DAYS TILL PLAY ON! KELOWNA REGISTRATION CLOSES!!

Sponsors

Hey Play On! Kelowna! Did you realize that without all of our sponsors this event wouldn’t be what it has become…or even “be” at all? I’d like to take a minute to thank each and every one of our amazing sponsors and partners for helping us with what I am sure will be the best Tourney yet!

Delta Grand Okanagan BC Tree Fruits Old Dutch Prospera Place 101.5 EZ Rock Kelowna Welcometokelowna.com AM 1150 Kelowna Capital News Sun Country Scion Sunfm 99.9Astral Media Canadian Springs CAT Rentals Kernals Hockeydraft.ca Hockey-Community BC Floorball Ultimate Hockey & Skate KidSport Urban Rec Okanagan Booster Juice West Kelowna Warriors Kelowna Rockets Gong Show Gear StubHub

Unregistered Teams

The deadline to register for Play On! Kelowna is only 12 DAYS AWAY!!! Don’t be a duster! Put the Big Mac down, get off the couch, take a break from work, and register your team now! Weekends are for fun and recreation, so why not do both during the Play On! Kelowna tournament? You know you wanna play, so grab your bros, get online, and register your team NOW before we reach capacity!

Site Map

Check out the latest site map for Play On! Kelowna to get a feel for the layout and don’t forget to visit the website regularly for all the updates!

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Live Registration

Can’t make it to a computer to register online? Don’t worry about it! You can fill out a registration form and bring it to Booster Juice  1155 K. L. O. Rd #3 between 12pm and 4pm on Saturday May 18, 2013. One of our lovely Play On! reps will be there, happy to help you GET YOUR TEAM IN!

Water Bottles & Balls For Sale

Get even more team unity by purchasing official Play On! water bottles! They go for $10 for single purchases, or only $7 if a team buys them. With your purchase, you get unlimited Gatorade at our Thirst Stations all weekend!!

If you’re looking to practice before the game with the same balls that will be used during The Tourney, purchase a Mylec G-Force ball from us at check-in or online during registration.

Hockey isn’t just a one season sport…it’s an all year kind of thing! Our nets will be for sale at Master Scoreboard following the Play On! tournament. Get your team together, head over, purchase a net, and play all year round. It’s the Canadian thing to do!

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Vying For the Cup – 2013 Play On! National Information

 As one of the greatest coaches of all times would say, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Well, this might be a stretch when it comes to playing your everyday, ordinary game of street hockey, but it sure stands when teams are vying for the Redwood Cup. Teams from all across Canada will flock to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia September 26-28 for a chance to hold the Cup above their heads, gain the title of “Canada’s Greatest Street Hockey Players”, and a chance at walking home with some cash in their pockets.

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(The Redwood Cup)

As Play On! tournaments start to get underway, over 6,000 teams are being expected to compete for the chance to head to Nationals for the 10th Anniversary of the Play On! Redwood Cup, with 168 teams from across Canada actually attending and participating. Those who qualify include winners AND finalists from each of the Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite, 19&Under (Male), and 17&Under (Male) divisions.

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(Yes, that cheque is for $25,000)

Teams are required to use the same roster as is used in the tournament being played in. If your team requires a player change, then that change must go through Play On!’s National office, subject to National’s review and approval.

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(2012 Women’s National Play On! Champions)

As well, getting to National’s is up to you and your team. Unfortunately, the trip is not paid for, but with some saving, collecting, and grabbing a sponsor or two, getting to National’s with be a breeze. Make sure to check out Play On! for more details about The Tourney and about Nationals. There will be more details available to qualified teams in June.

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NHL Playoffs – GET YOUR POOL GOING!

Interested in getting in on an NHL PLAYOFF POOL this spring? Don’t know who to contact or where to start? Problem Solved.

Our partners at hockeydraft.ca have given our Play On! hopefuls something to cheer about, regardless of whether or not your favourite team makes the playoffs.

With free entrance, and the chance to win a stick signed by the LEGENDARY Daryl Sitler, along with other Play On! swag, there’s no reason to not join!

Get your hockey pool set up at by filling out the ENTRY FORM on the hockey draft website, get your team up and running before the playoffs start, and get in gear for the most exciting 2 months of the year!

Deadline to register is May 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time. REGISTER NOW!

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Canucks Game Contest Winner

THANK YOU to everyone who registered early for Play On! and gained an entry into our Canucks tickets contest! We appreciate all the retweets and likes we got from everyone! Play On! was extremely excited to host this contest!

We’ve completed the draw for a winner of our registration contest. DRUMROLL PLEASE……

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And the winner is:

Mr. Scott Spurr! Congratulations!

The Canucks vs. Blackhawks game will be the Vancouver Canuck’s third last game of the regular season, and will take place April 22nd at 7 PM in Rogers Arena.

This will be an exciting game, as the Vancouver Canucks are ranked third in the Western Conference, while the Blackhawks are ranked first. So put on your blue, green, and white to cheer on the Vancouver Canucks!

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Welcome to the Family West Kelowna Warriors!

A kind welcome to the West Kelowna Warriors who have joined the Play On! Kelowna’s family!

We want to thank the West Kelowna Warriors for joining the Kelowna Rockets as Play On! Kelowna’s official hockey partners. Without your support we wouldn’t have the dedicated participants we have today!

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The West Kelowna Warriors are a Junior ‘A’ Hockey team that are part of the British Columbia Hockey League. They play their home games at Royal LePage Place and are currently playing in the Interior Finals.

Their victories are looking up this season, since early this week, the West Kelowna Warriors defeated Merritt Centennials 7-4. With this triumph, the Warriors win the best-of-seven Interior Division semi-final 4-1. Game 3 and 4 of the Interior Finals are quickly approaching, so be sure to visit their site to buy tickets to support the team.

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The West Kelowna Warriors will be hosting the Penticton Vees, Monday April 1st at 7 PM in Game 3 of the Interior Final Playoffs. The game will take place in Royal LePage Place. Stop by to cheer for the team, and join Play On! Kelowna at our booth!

April 2nd at 7 PM: If you can’t make Monday’s game, be sure to join the West Kelowna Warriors again, at Royal Le Page Place, Tuesday. They will be competing against the Penticton Vees for Game 4 at 7 PM. Come out to support your team!

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GO WARRIORS!

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Welcome Kelowna Rockets!

The Kelowna Rockets return as Play On! Kelowna‘s official WHL hockey partner this season! Watch out for the Play On! BC team at the Kelowna Rockets playoff games this year.

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The Kelowna Rockets are a major junior ice hockey team, situated in Kelowna, BC. They were established in 1991, as the Tacoma Rockets, and then relocated in 1995 to Kelowna where they took on the name they have today. The team plays in the Western Hockey League, out of the Canadian Hockey League, with their home games at Prospera Place.

They are currently undergoing the Western Conference playoffs, with Game 5 approaching quickly. In past years, the Kelowna Rockets won three of the championships, and won one Memorial Cup. Many of these seasons consisted of the team being the 1st in all of British Columbia.

WHL Playoffs, Saturday March 30th at 7:05 PM

Kelowna Rockets will be hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds, this Saturday at 7:05 PM at Prospera Place. This is Game 5 of the WHL playoffs, with the potential of Game 7 returning to Kelowna if the Rockets can win the next two.

Come out to support the Rockets! While you’re at it come visit Play On! Kelowna’s booth-you’ll know where to find us, just listen for the best chirps and loudest cheers!

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Go Rockets Go!

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Surrey Eagles as Play On! Vancouver’s New Hockey Partner!

Surrey Eagles as Play On! Vancouver’s new Hockey Partner!

Thank you, Surrey Eagles for joining our family this season and becoming key partners for Play On! Vancouver’s tournament!

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The Surrey Eagles is a Junior A hockey team, situated at the South Surrey Arena. The Eagles are in their 22nd season as members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). During these years, they have won three league championships, two Doyle cup Championships and the Royal Bank Cup.

Currently, they will be taking part in the Coastal Conference Final. The Coastal Conference Final is a best-of-seven series with the winners of the Mainland and Island Divisions facing each other for the right to advance to the Fred Page Cup Final. The Eagles will host Game 1, Game 2, Game 5 if necessary and Game 7 if necessary.

Join the Play On! Vancouver crew at Game 1 this Friday for the Coastal Conference Final!

Tomorrow at 7:15 PM, the Surrey Eagles will be hosting the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for Game 1 of the Coastal Conference Finals! Be sure to check out their website and grab tickets to this exciting game!

Play On! Vancouver will have a booth set up during the duration of the game, so feel free to stop by during intermission to chat or just to say hi! We would love to hear from you!

Saturday, March 30th: If you can’t make Friday’s game, you can still watch them play!  The Surrey Eagles will be playing the Alberni Valley Bulldogs a second time at 7:15 PM at the South Surrey Arena for Game 2!

Show your team spirit and cheer them on this long weekend!

Good luck boys!

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REGISTER NOW TO WIN CANUCKS TICKETS

Calling all Play On! Vancouver and Play On! Kelowna participants:

Register your team by April 12 for your chance to WIN TICKETS to the Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks game on April 22, 2013 at Rogers Arena!

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http://www.playon.ca/events/vancouver

There’s more… If you have already registered there are tons of ways you can submit additional entries! First “Like” Play On! on Facebook, follow us on Twitter(@playonvancouver), and follow us on Instagram(@PlayOnBC). After that, check out the list of ways you can interact with Play On! to qualify for additional entries to win the tickets.

Find out how to get additional ballots in the draw:

Post and Tag Play On! Vancouver on Facebook:

  • Like and share the contest to your Facebook wall.
  • Share the contest on your friend’s walls.

Mention us on Twitter:

Share and Mention Play On! BC on Instagram

  • Share @PlayOnBC’s Instagram photos to your Facebook or Twitter wall,
  • Post photos on Instagram and tag us!

Make sure to tag or mention Play On!  in every post!

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Newest Hockey Partner for Play On! Vancouver – The Coquitlam Express!

We are proud to welcome the Coquitlam Express to the Play On! Vancouver family this season!

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The Express come on board as Play On! Vancouver’s junior hockey partner of 2013’s event taking place at Coquitlam Centre the weekend of June 8th and 9th, 2013. We look forward to seeing a couple of the guys suit up for our celebrity game this summer!

Tomorrow evening (March 8th), the Express host the Surrey Eagles in the home finale at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex. Puck drop is 7:15pm, preceded by year-end award presentations.

Looking for something to do before the game?

Look no further! End of season festivities kick off with the Terry Fox Awareness Event at 5:30pm. Join the Terry Fox Foundation for their pre-game BBQ featuring Mr. Mike’s Burgers (limited supply, get to the rink early!) and a meet & greet with Fred Ewanuick and Pat Quinn!

Fred Ewanuick is a native of Port Moody, BC and now stars in popular television shows, such as Corner Gas, as Hank Yarbo and Dan For Mayor, as Dan. Pat Quinn is one of the owners of the Vancouver Giants with a hefty record dealing in the NHL and Hockey Canada including being a two-time NHL coach of the year, Coach and GM of Vancouver & Toronto hockey clubs, Coach of Team Canada, and NHL veteran defenseman.

Last Hockey Night in Coquitlam!

The Play On! Vancouver team is excited to announce that we will be attending the final Coquitlam Express home game of the season on Friday! Find us around the game and in our booth. We’ll be wearing Play On! t-shirts! Learn about Play On! and sign up for our Newsletter to win some cool Play On! swag.

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GO COQUITLAM EXPRESS GO!

See you all Friday!

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Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! returns to Vancouver and Kelowna this Spring

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Play On! Kelowna & Play On! Vancouver are BACK

Living in the B.C. Interior Region? Play On! Kelowna takes place May 25-26, 2013 on the streets outside Prospera Place



Living in the Lower Mainland? Check out Play On! Vancouver headlining at Coquitlam Centre June 8-9, 2013


Thank you to everybody who helped make last year a success.   We invite you all back to participate in the 2013 Play On! events in British Columbia! Bring your friends, family, and even your favourite pet!

IS YOUR TEAM IN?

Play On! is open to all ages and skill levels!

Visit playon.ca for more information about Play On! divisions.

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Last year in Kelowna we had 150 teams, 16 rinks, and more than 1000 participants. This year we want to be bigger and better! Our goal for Play On! Kelowna 2013 is 200 teams, 20 rinks and over 1400 participants!

Click Here to Register your team for Play On! Kelowna

In Vancouver, we had 456 teams, 38 rinks, & over 3000 players. We reached capacity before the registration deadline! To accommodate the growing numbers of Play On! Vancouver, we've moved it to Coquitlam Centre. Help Play On! Vancouver reach its goal of 500 teams & 40 rinks!

Click Here to Register your team for Play On! Vancouver

You Ask: How can I help?

If you get a team of new players to sign up for the tournament, let us know via email to Kelowna@playon.ca or Vancouver@playon.ca.
Upon confirmation you win cool Play On! SWAG!

Play On! 2013 In The Guinness Book of Records!

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! is a 4-on-4 street hockey tournament that takes place every summer in over 20 locations all over Canada, making it Canada's largest sports festival! This year we are taking it to the next level and attempting to set a World Record in the Guinness Book of World Records! Stay posted for more on our mission.

This Just In!

Play On! Kelowna & Vancouver are now on INSTAGRAM! Follow us @playonBC for cool photos, shout outs to fans, and photo contests! If you have a photo you would like us to post, email it to us.
 

Registration is OPEN

Register online at www.playon.ca.

Deadline to register for Play On! Kelowna is May 21 & Play On! Vancouver is June 3 @ MIDNIGHT

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Today is the La…

Today is the Last DAY to Register for Play On! Burnaby!
Is your team in?!?!
Registration endsTONIGHTat midnight or when capacity is reached! Get your team in NOW!
Visitwww.playon.cato register!
 
Check In Reminders!
When: Friday, June 8, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Best Buy in Burnaby
 

What to Bring: (1)Completed Waiver form (click here to download the waiver form) and (2) a Piece of ID (or copy of an id. Acceptable forms of ID include birth certificates, passport, driver’s license).

If you are unable to make check in on Friday, you can check in Saturday morning 45 minutes prior to your first game at the Master Scoreboard tent.
If you have any further inquiries please email vancouver@playon.ca.
Visit www.playon.ca to register your team NOW!!
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Last Chance to …

Last Chance to register for
Play On! Burnaby!
There are only 5 DAYS left to register for Play On! Burnaby! Is your team in yet?
Registration endsMonday June 4at midnight! Please visitwww.playon.cato register your team NOW!
Looking to Register In Person and Pay Cash?
Head to Live Registration!!
When: Sunday June 3, 2012
Time: 12pm (noon) – 3pm
Location:Best Buy in Burnaby –
Click here to get directions.
Please bring a completed registration form (click here to download the form) and cash or credit card. Please be aware that the prices listed on the website do not include 12% HST.
 
Check in Reminder!
Don’t forget check in is on Friday, June 8 from 12pm – 6pm at Best Buy in Burnaby. (Click here for directions)
Please bring a completed waiver form and a piece of id (or a copy of an id. Acceptable forms of id include driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate)
If you have any further inquiries please email vancouver@playon.ca.
Visit www.playon.ca to register your team NOW!!
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Create your Play On! team on Hockey Community and you can find extra players and earn badges!
If you would like toreceive your schedules on your mobile, you must register your team on Hockey Community!
Download the iPhone App:http://hockeycommunity.com/iphone
Check out their website here: http://hockey-community.com
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Only 18 Days Left to Register!

Only 18 Days left to register for Play On! Burnaby!
Play On! Burnabyis just a few weeks away, is your team in yet?? Don’t miss your chance to be a part Canada’s largest street hockey festival! Coming to Metropolis at Metrotown June 9 – 10!
Visit www.playon.ca to register your team NOW!!
You can also register in person at Live Registration on Wednesday June 6, 2012 at Best Buy in Burnaby.
Click here to view the map and get directions.
Check out the photos from Play On! Kelowna!
To view the Flickr slideshow, click here.
To view the Facebook album, click here.
Where do YOU rank in the Play On! playoff pool with Hockeydraft.ca?!?
Take a look at the top 10!
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The winner will receive aGoPro HD Camera,courtesy ofBest Buy!
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Play On! Kelowna THANK YOU

A big Thank You to all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants of Play On! Kelowna!
A special thank you to the Play On! Kelowna
presenting sponsor Best Buy and other sponsors including Sun Country Scion, Old Dutch, Emergen-C,Tourism Burnaby, and our media partnersKelowna Capital News and Astral Media, home to AM 1150, SunFM, EZ Rock!
Looking for Play On! Kelowna photos?!
Check out the Facebook albumor the Flickr Slideshow.
Are you looking for the results?
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Kelowna 2012 Snipers Champs – The Rage!
Find all the final results on the Play On! Kelowna website.
Congratulations again to
Jeremy Pogue, the winner of the signed 
Mason Raymond jersey, presented by Astral Media Group.
Lost and Found: We found a black Hurley backpack on site at the end of the day. If you know of someone missing a backpack please email us at kelowna@playon.ca.
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Play On! Kelowna & Burnaby partner with Hockey Community to go MOBILE! Join Hockey Community to start gathering your badges!!

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Win a FREE team entry to Play On! Kelowna!

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Hey Hockey Fans! Want to Win a Free Team Entry to Play On! Kelowna??!!?? Visit our Facebook Fan Page, go to the “Win a Free Team in Kelowna” tab, enter name and email and press submit! The winner will be drawn at random on April 25, 2012. 

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Play On! is back in 2012

Play On! is back in Kelowna and Burnaby!

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Play On! is back in Kelowna May 12-13! The tournament is in the same location, on the streets of downtown Kelowna outside Prospera Place as well as in the Sunplex Arena. With an estimated 200 teams and 1500 participants, this is a hockey event you don’t want to miss! So get your team together and register TODAY at www.playon.ca!

A special thank you goes out to Play On! Kelowna’s presenting sponsor, Best Buy. Best Buy is now in Kelowna at the Orchard Park Shopping Centre - 2271 Harvey Avenue Unit 1403 Kelowna, BC V1Y 6H2.

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Play On! is back in Burnaby June 9-10! The tournament returns to the parking lots and streets of Metropolis at Metrotown. Please be aware that this event is limited in capacity, so get your team in NOW to guarantee your spot to battle street hockey supremacy! Register today at www.playon.ca!!

Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group!!! For Kelowna click here and for Burnaby click here.

Stay tuned for more updates and the latest tournament information!!

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Are you Ready for Play On! Burnaby? We’re getting there!

Play On! Burnaby is SOLD OUT!!

With almost 400 teams registered, Play On! Burnaby is looking to be a huge event of EPIC PROPORTIONS! Metrotown is going be buzzing with excitement and street hockey sweat all weekend long!  Be sure to come check it out!

To create an event of epic proportions, you need an epic team of people working hard to make it all happen!

Becky has been answering the phone non stop answering questions and dealing with team requests

Caitlyn and Carlo buried in their computers hammering out final details

Speaking of teamwork, these kids from Mayveiw Elementary School were a huge help putting nets together and stuffing over 2500 player bags!

The boys from Mayview Elementary School helping us out with net building!

Caitlyn and I look on as the kids work like a well oiled machine stuffing player bags!

That's a lot of bags! Great job boys!

The boys are being rewarded for their work with 2 free teams into the tournament this weekend!  Thanks boys and good luck this weekend!

So Play On! Burnaby is just around the corner!   Be sure to get to Metrotown this weekend and check it out!!

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Kelowna “Brings it” for Play On! 2011

Hey Play On! fans!  My name is Jordan, and yes that is me in the photo above, going in on young goalie Aaron Wong in the “Fortis BC Goalie Showdown” at this year’s Play On! in Kelowna!  I am recent BCIT Marketing Managment program graduate, doing an internship with Play On!  Burnaby and Kelowna, and from here on I will be updating you with all that is going on with Play On! heading into the Burnaby event coming up June 11-12!  It has been a great pleasure working with the Play On! team here which includes Event directors Jon and Carlo, fellow interns Caitlyn and Becky, and sponsorship and media guru Danielle is still in the fold as well.

The 4 hour drive over to Kelowna was totally worth it as Play On! Kelowna this year’s tournament turned out to be a great success! When I arrived in Kelowna on the Friday before the event,  I could see how the plaza at Prospera Place is a perfect place for a street hockey tournment!  The entire Friday was spent setting up.

Jon is cleary working hard getting the event set up.

Play On! Kelowna featured about 125 teams, followed by over 1000 spectators packed into the plaza at Prospera Place.  The competition was fierce as the street hockey skills of Kelowna were definitely  showcased well this year!

Winning goaltender of the "Fortis BC Goalie Challenge" making a save on Canadian Olympian Steve Omischl

This years celebrity / media game featured a celebrity team of:
- Kelowna MP Ron Cannon
- Kelowna MLA Norm Letnick
- Ian Mcinnon of Sun FM Radio
- Canadian Olympic Aerials skier Steve Omischl
- Delta Grand Hotel General Manager Daniel Bibby
The Celebrity team took on Team Scion in a spirited game with Kelowna Rockets play by play team, Gord McGarva and Regan Bartel, calling the action!

The voices of the Kelowa Rockets, Gord McGarva and Regan Bartel, calling play by play of the celebrity game vs. Team Scion Kelowna MLA Ron Cannon playing for the celebrity team vs Team Scion

The  tournament brought Canada’s biggest sports festival to Kelowna and showcased what grassroots hockey is all about.  We want to thank everyone who helped make Play On! Kelowna 2011 a big success!
It’s time get excited for Play On! Burnaby!

All Stars Division Champs "Flames"

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Play On! B.C. 2011 on the horizon!!

National Champions!

Vancouver Ball Hogz hoisting the Redwood Cup and a massive cheque!

If the excitement of the National Championships is any indication, Play On! 2011 is poised to be not only Canada’s largest sporting event, but the best street hockey event the world over. Celebrating Scotiabank’s Hockey Day in Canada, Play On! held its National Championships in Victoria, B.C., February 11 & 12, with winning teams from Play On! 2010 competing for the coveted Redwood Cup, major prize money, and most importantly the distinction of Canada’s greatest street hockey players. Calgary Rheotech MUD-puppies took the women’s division crown, while Vancouver Ball Hoggz repeated as national men’s champions in dramatic fashion with a shootout win over the Montreal Royal, and now count themselves $20,000 richer.

CBC Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! 4-on-4 Street Hockey tournament kicks off in B.C. over the weekend of May 14-15, 2011, in Kelowna. Twenty rinks around Prospera Place will play host to over 200 teams and 1500 participants in what will be a hotly contested event at a most picturesque locale on the Okanagan waterfront. The best view is from a rink, so be sure to register online at www.playon.ca.

Make sure to visit the Play On! Kelowna website regularly as more event details are announced. Registration is already open and filling up quick, so grab your teammates, eye out your rivals, and get ready to hit the streets! Play On! Kelowna 2011 is brought to Kelowna by Terasen Gas.

The battle for street glory continues with Play On! Street Hockey’s return to Burnaby on the weekend of June 11-12, 2011. Twenty-five rinks lining Central Boulevard will draw thousands of spectators to witness friends and foes in fierce competition for the pride of hockey supremacy!

Presented by Metropolis at Metrotown and Tourism Burnaby, Play On! 2011 Burnaby will fill up fast, so register now to take the first step on the street to hockey glory. Visit the Play On! Burnaby website for the latest on tournament details.

Stay tuned to this space for all the latest on Play On! 2011! Join the Facebook community for the real-time goods, and stay always ahead of the game with one eye on Twitter.

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SunFM Henrik Sedin Jersey Giveaway Winner

Another highlight of the Play On! Kelowna event was the SunFM Henrik Sedin Jersey Giveaway.  All you had to do to be eligible for this signed piece of memorabilia was to be registered in the tournament, and then we did the giveaway right after the Celebrity/Media game on the Terasen Gas Feature Rink on the Saturday.

Steven Pantazopoulos with Troy Bodie, Blake Comeau and Tyler Mosienko

Our winner was Steven Pantazopoulos from the U19 Grinders Division Champion Dirty Birds team.  Turns out he had a really good weekend – an authentic signed Hank jersey and his team won the tourney!  As you can see from the picture he also got a meet a greet with some of the Kelowna Rockets recent success stories; Troy Bodie (Anaheim Ducks), Blake Comeau (NY Islanders) and Tyler Mosienko (German Elite League).

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Play On! Kelowna, A Huge Success

First let me apologize for neglecting our fantastic blog for so long.  Between preparing for the two events and a back injury that has had me on the sidelines, the blog fell bay the wayside a bit.  Excuses aside, it’s time for some updates!

So Play On! Kelowna has come and gone and now we’re pedal to the metal with the Burnaby event right around the corner.  The office is a buzz with activity and new faces seem to be coming on board all the time to keep up with the size of the event.  Although Play On! Burnaby is looming I’m going to take a quick look back at the inaugural edition of Play On! Kelowna.

The Elite Division Champions, The Rutland Red Army

We ended up having 90 teams and over 600 participants, a sweet sponsors area and an awesome event site that consisted of 12 street rinks wrapped around Water Street and Prospera Place.  The Terasen Gas feature rink on Rhapsody Plaza was always busy and it played host to many division finals as well as the Terasen Gas Goalie Showdown and the Breakaway Challenge.

My favourite memory from Kelowna was the celebration of the Kelowna Coyotes in the Championship Game in the U9 Dekers Division.  It was all out, Sidney Crosby inspired, glove and stick throwing glory.  It was a great example of what Play On! is all about.  FUN.

It looked like everyone had fun that weekend and that’s exactly what a street hockey festival should entail.

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Just Over 3 Weeks til Play On! Kelowna!

What’s up everyone,

Things have really picked up around the Play On! office these last couple of weeks.  Registrations continue to pour in and we’ve been working hard with our sponsors and partners to plan two absolutely awesome events (Kelowna AND Burnaby)!  At this point in time we’ve got 15 teams in Kelowna and 34 in Burnaby.  There’s still a long way to go, but we’re confident that there will be hundreds of teams at both tournaments.

How many of you out there are taking part in the Play On! HockeyDraft.ca Playoff Pool?  Somehow I forgot to draft my team in time, but the other guys around the office are sliding down the standings day after day (some faster than others).  Right now, the bossman, Jon Margolis is the only one in the top 50, but he’s still no match for Tao Zhong who’s sitting atop the standing at 71 points.  It will be interesting to see how the standings shake down as the Playoffs head into their second week and the Canucks make their Stanley Cup run!

Jon is at the forefront of some more office news.  He took a puck in the face yesterday at hockey and has the shiner to match.    Here’s the evidence:

More and more event details are being confirmed.  For example, SportChek has signed on to host both Live Registration events in the days leading up to the tournaments.  Stay tuned for info on that and Player Package pickups.  It sounds like Terasen, PlayStation and hopefully some others will have great activations on site for everyone to enjoy.

One last thing for this post.  VancouverIsAwesome.com (one of the best newsfeeds/blogs in the 604) is going to be holding a contest with a top prize of a free team entry.  The VIA.com guys are entering a team in an effort to defend their win last year, but they need a team name.  Best team name wins, it’s that easy.  Check back in the next few days to find out more.

REGISTER! http://www.playon.ca

-gs

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HockeyDraft.ca NHL Playoff Hockey Pool and more

Play On! Kelowna is only 6 weeks away and Play On! Burnaby will be here in 2 months!  Registrations continue to roll in and it’s really starting to look like both events are going to be huge.  Play On! has established a great partnership with HockeyDraft.ca for a NHL Playoff Hockey Pool.  If you and your buddies are looking for a pool, this is one of the best you’ll find.  It’s free to join and there’s a huge carrot for the winner at the end of it.  Sirius Satellite Radio has stepped up with a radio and dock…so why wouldn’t you take a couple of minutes and sign up?

We’ve got some sponsor news too  just yesterday PlayStation 3 came on board for both events, definitely one of our most exciting sponsors yet.  They’ll have some sort of mobile activation with them, maybe some new products and you can be there will definitely be some hockey games to try your luck at.  We’ll let you know more as the information becomes available.

As the events draw nearer there are going to be some other contests that come up, especially with our radio partners so stay tuned! (cough cough…there might be some autographed jerseys in the mix)

I have to throw up another Champions League update.  Messi’s performance yesterday was the most dominant I’ve seen in a long time.  4 goals?! Barcelona looks like they’re going all the way and nobody can stop them…there’s really no argument to the matter.  Hopefully ManUnited can pull it together today and make it interesting.  A repeat final would be unreal!  Oh ya, the ‘Nucks clinched the division too.  For me it’s taken a backseat to Hank’s run at the Art Ross Trophy.  2 games to go and he’s up one point on Ovi…

-gs

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Presenting Sponsors Confirmed, UFC is back on and a Champions League debacle

Hey everyone, anybody out there?  Hopefully we have some more people reading this since we sent out the email blast a couple of days ago.

As we announced already, Metropolis at Metrotown is presenting Play On! 2010 in Burnaby.  Terasen Gas is now on board as our presenting sponsor for Kelowna and they have signed on to sponsor Burnaby as well.  Confirmed sponsors in Burnaby include CFOX 99.3FM, Tourism Burnaby, Metro News Vancouver and VancouverIsAwesome.com (and they are trash talking already).  In Kelowna, the Downtown Kelowna Association, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and other are all sponsoring Play On! and Castanet.net is helping us out big time with web traffic.

More sponsors are partnering with us on a daily basis, so stay tuned to hear about what exactly they’ll be up to at the events.  Almost forgot…any suggestions or requests for local heroes/personalities/randoms to play in either celebrity game?  Let us know.

I’ve got to plug our social media accounts one more time.  Follow and Join! Twitter @playonvancouver and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71327541800

Right now we have 4 teams registered in Kelowna and 10 in Burnaby – so what are you waiting for?

Now on to the other big news in Vancouver – UFC is back on?  After a few days of doubt, the event for June 12th seems to have been confirmed.  I guess the City finally figured it out and got the right insurance.  Personally, I enjoy the sport (no, it’s not just violence-promoting head bashing) and have a huge appreciation for the athletes and the enormous degree of competition.  I also see the fact that there is a ‘gangster’ persona that refuses to go away in Vancouver, but one UFC event isn’t going to make it any worse than it is.  The sport has gone mainstream and it’s not going to just possess kids to go into the streets and start fighting.

On a much more passionate note (for me – especially since I’m a centreback), what the hell did Puyol do wrong in the Barcelona/Arsenal game to get sent off today in Champions League?  He’s the one that got kicked and had a good position within reach of the ball and he gets ejected?  Brutal call, and now it goes back to Barcelona tied at two apiece.  Thank God for away goals, because I can’t see Arsenal scoring at the Nou Camp.  Other than that the game was awesome – England/Spain, Red/Yellow, whatever the comparison the two teams were well matched and the entertainment was non stop.

That’s all for this week. Keep registering!

-gs

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Metropolis at Metrotown is Going to be Perfect!

So we made a trip out to Burnaby this morning to check out exactly how the Play On! Burnaby site is going to shape up.  After measuring the streets and parking lots to figure out where the rinks will be we agreed on something…the venue is going to be perfect!  Along with the traditional street rinks along the south side of Central Boulevard, there will be at least six rinks on top of the southern parkade as well as five or six rinks in the lot at the front of Metrotown (across Kingsway from Best Buy).  Not to mention the feature rink, which will be situated right between Sears and the Bay on the Kingsway side of the mall…sandwiched between our sponsor activation area and the mall itself.  Check out the site map below (subject to change):

Metropolis at Metrotown is the presenting sponsor of Play On! 2010 Burnaby, along with Tourism Burnaby. Confirmed sponsors include CFOX 99.3FM, SportChek and the Vancouver Giants.

There is way too much shopping at your fingertips, hotels on site and enough entertainment to keep you busy all weekend long.  Stay tuned as we confirm more sponsors and what they will have to offer…Play On! Burnaby is only going to get better!

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CBC HNIC Promo Video

Here’s a sneak peak at the new CBC Hockey Night in Canada promotional video for Play On! – B.C. events are all over it!

Last year’s Vancouver event and the celebrity game can be seen at the beginning and the recently completed 2009 National Championships in Victoria are featured near the end.

Play On! Street Hockey is right around the corner…so get ready for the ball to drop!

Registration links:

Kelowna – May 15-16, 2010 – Click here
Burnaby – June 5-6, 2010 – Click here

-gs

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Play On! 2010 is Coming Soon!

What’s up everybody,

Play On! 2010 is right around the corner so it’s time to get back in contact and get registered! This blog along with our Twitter account @playonvancouver are going to be the main points of contact for news and updates, event details and anything else that is deemed worthy.

There has been a changing of the guard for the Play On! blog, so I’ll introduce myself before I get mistaken for Zac the Olympian.  My name is Graham Smith and I’m a recent UBC graduate.  I went through the Sauder School of Business in 4 and a half years and ended up with a BComm in Marketing in December, so now I find myself working an internship that is going to make my career take off!  I played 5 years of varsity soccer at UBC and was fortunate enough to win 2 National Championships during the process.  Soccer has been a huge part of my life as long as I can remember and I’ve played at pretty much every level.  I signed with the Whitecaps in 2007 and captained Canada at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, so if you want to talk footie I’m all ears!

Although you probably won’t hear from them much, the other folks in the office are Jon (Carlo reports to Jon), Carlo (I report to Carlo) and Danielle (our sponsorship guru that sits down the hall in a poorly lit room and refuses to answer to anybody).

Now for the EVENTS themselves.  Yes…events as in two of them.  This year Play On! Street Hockey is coming to both Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C. and Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C.  Check out the pages for each event here on our dedicated Play On! British Columbia website for site maps and a description of each has to offer.

Right now the key is to get REGISTERING, so tell your buddies, your family, your family friends, your coworkers, the guy on the street who used to brawl in junior…AND GET A TEAM TOGETHER!  REGISTER AT www.playon.ca.

-G

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Play On! Street Hockey Gear is Here, and it is Sick!

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We encourage and recommend that all teams bring their own goalie equipment. However, we will have a limited supply of cool rental goaltender gear on hand for those that don’t have their own.

A few days ago a semi-truck pulled up to our office and unloaded dozens of boxes, filled with Our Official Street Hockey Nets, as well as piles of good looking goalie gear.  All of this high quality gear will be available for sale at Play On! Vancouver.  We will be selling sets of goalie gear or you can buy each piece separately

The Black Ice Pro Series Road Hockey Goal Nets are built with heavy duty steal and high grade netting. These are any street hockey players dream to roof the puck, top shelf, where grandma keeps the peanut butter!

The Black Ice Gear will Price as follows:
Complete set which includes: 1 set of 28 inch Pads, 1 blocker, 1 glove = New $140, Used $115
Complete set which includes: 1 set of 32inch  Pads, 1 blocker, 1 glove = New $160, Used $130

The Following Equipment will have a 20% discount if used and purchased separately

  • Kide Elite Goalie Mask (fits adults) = $40
  • Blocker Only: $40
  • Glove Only: $40
  • 28 inch Pads Only: $75
  • 32 inch Pads Only: $95
  • Black Ice Pro Nets = $100

Please email us at zplavsic@blackwool.ca if you are interested in this great gear @ a great price.

Looking forward to seeing you at Play On!

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Beautiful Weather for Road Hockey and Round 2

It has been amazing weather out here in Vancouver!

I don’t know if it is the fact that the Canucks are doing well, or if people are excited about our national sport, but for the past few weeks I have been driving all over Vancouver, and seen many hockey sticks with tennis, and road hockey balls flying into nets, and against garage walls. It is great to see our city getting ready for some good old fashioned street hockey. For those of you, who want to Play On! and do not have a team, send us an email vancouver@playon.ca . We can connect you with a team and get you out in the sun having some fun. If you have a team make sure to register before June 1st for a chance to win our Signed Luongo jersey. Enjoy the weather everyone!!!

ZP

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Scoping out the Feature Rink Boards

I headed to the Richmond Olympic Oval to check out the Floorball boards that will be donated to us for our Feature Rink at Play On! Vancouver (thank you Greg Beaudin and B.C Floor Ball, a hockey partner of Play On! Vancouver). Our Corporate Challenge games and playoff games will be taking place at this rink. The feature rink will be located just outside of our sponsors area around Gate 16 of GM Place. Here’s your chance to Play On! Get your team registered before June 1st to win an authentic autographed Luongo Jersey, generously donated by the NHLPA a national sponsor of Play On!. For more information about the event and our partners, visit www.playon.ca —  Go Canucks Go!

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The Play On! Corporate Challenge

Corporations Challenged to “Play On!” In the Streets of Downtown Vancouver

Local Corporations are invited to play street hockey with the Pros to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Vancouver, BC, Canada – April 12, 2009 – Street hockey teams representing companies from across British Columbia will be hitting the downtown streets of Vancouver battling for corporate street hockey supremacy in the Play On! Vancouver Corporate Challenge Street Hockey Tournament taking place June 13th, 2009.

As part of the CBC Hockey Night in Canada presents “Play On!” 4 on 4 street hockey tournament, the Play On! Vancouver Corporate Challenge Street Hockey Tournament provides corporate teams with a unique, one of a kind experience & opportunity. In addition to 3 guaranteed tournament games and the chance to play organized street hockey in the shadows of GM Place, each corporate team will get a chance to play street hockey with their hockey heroes with the selection of a former NHL player to play on their team for the duration of the tournament. Proceeds of the Play On! Vancouver Corporate Challenge go towards the Make a Wish Foundation® of BC & Yukon.

“We are extremely excited and proud to be a part of the CBC Hockey Night in Canada Presents “Play On!” Vancouver 4 on 4 street hockey tournament and to be the beneficiary of the annual “Play On!” Vancouver Corporate Challenge” states Ross Heatherington, Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® BC & Yukon.

“To play hockey in the streets of downtown Vancouver, in front of GM Place, alongside a former NHL great is every Canadian kid’s dream.” says Heatherington. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes & dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions. To have the Make-A-Wish Foundation® as the benefitting charity of the Play On! Corporate Challenge is a natural fit, a great partnership and will go a long way towards helping to fulfill our mandate.”

About The CBC Hockey Night in Canada Presents “Play On!” Street Hockey Tournament

The CBC Hockey Night in Canada Presents “Play On!” Street Hockey Tournament takes place June 13th & 14th.  Cost/team ranges from $150 – $250 depending on age and skill level.  Teams can register online at www.playon.ca or by phone at 604 688 7584.

About the Play On! Vancouver Corporate Challenge Street Hockey Tournament

The Play On! Vancouver Corporate Challenge Street Hockey Tournament will take place on June 13th, 2009.  Play On! Corporate Challenge teams can register by phone @ 604 688 7584 or email at vancouver@playon.ca.  Cost/team is $2500.  Teams include 5 players, one goalie and one former NHLer.   24 teams maximum.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish® Canada is part of the largest not-for-profit wish granting organization in the world, serving 30 countries with international affiliates on five continents (Make-A-Wish International®). Since inception in 1980, Make-A-Wish® has helped make over 200,000 wishes come true for children around the world. Make-A-Wish® in Canada consists of eight regional Chapters and the Canada Office, which is located in Toronto, Ontario. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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A Call out to Motivate

More cool footage from the Olympics. And yes, that is me yelling “yah Canada”. Get your friends together, get the word out. This is going to be a fun event.

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Scoping out the Venue

A nice warm day here in downtown Vancouver. A perfect opportunity to go and check out our exciting venue for this years Play On! Vancouver. The streets around GM place were buzzing with antsy Canuck and Hockey fans thinking about the play offs. Little did many of them know they were walking on the streets, which will host the battle ground of west coasts Canada’s best ball and street hockey players.

Check out some of the shots and get the word out. PLAY ON! IS SET TO GO OFF.Keep Posted for some upcoming exciting News!!!

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Follow the Golden Brick Road

Today marks my 1st official day of the long journey to represent Canada at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The road traveled for an Olympic Windsurfer can be very long and painful, but worth every drop of sweat and blood. To compete in the second most physically demanding sport in the Olympics, takes countless hours of commitment and sacrifice. After a much needed break from my routine today marks the first official day of training towards my shot at hearing our national anthem on a podium in London.

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Register BEFORE MAY 4 to WIN Prizes!

That’s right! If you register your team before May 4th, you could win one of our exciting prize packs for you and your team.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

We’ve got prizes including everything from a signed Canucks ball cap, a Heritage Classic signed stick, Play On! Gongshow caps, Mylec balls, and a $50 Booster Juice gift card.

Register by May 4 to WIN

All you have to do to enter is:

1)      Register your team at www.playon.ca

2)      Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayOnBritishColumbia

3)      Follow @playkelowna or @playonvancouver & RT the following on Twitter:

REGISTER your team before May 2 to WIN! Signed Canucks cap, @BoosterJuice gift card, etc. from @playkelowna @playonvancouver RT to enter!

Contest closes Sunday, May 4 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced Monday May 5 at 12:00 pm PST.

REGISTER NOW!

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Express vs. Rivermen… Who will WIN the DIVISION?!

On March 18th, our Play On! crew set up camp at the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex for game four of the second round of the BCHL playoffs between the Coquitlam Express and Langley Rivermen!

First of all, the atmosphere in Poirier was awesome – as soon as we walked through the door we knew we were in for a good game. 

Express Game

While the Express went into the game with a 2-1 series lead, the boys sure kept us on our toes as the visiting Rivermen scored two early goals. The Express got themselves back in it, scoring two goals to even it up, only to have the Rivermen score one quickly after to regain the lead.

Throughout the second and third periods, the Express battled back and scored three unanswered goals, including one on the power play and one empty netter, to win game four of the series 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven!

Express Game 2

Meanwhile, at our Play On! booth, we got to experience the energy first hand, giving out Play On! gear to hockey fans young and old. We received some awesome entries in our “Name the Trophy” contest (if you haven’t entered yet, you still can!) and made some people pretty happy with t-shirts, equipment, and samples of Ener-C!

In addition to the Express fans, there were a few local personalities taking in the game, including former Vancouver Canuck, Darcy Rota, and Canucks announcer, John Ashbridge. 

Game five was last night and the Express lost 5-2. The Express look to take the series tonight at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam, be there to watch at 7:00pm as the Express look to close out the series and advance to the third round!

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Shoot To WIN with the Rockets and Kelowna Food Bank

Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On!teams up with the Kelowna Community Food Bank and the Rockets at GAME FIVE* (Friday March 28, 2014) of the Kelowna Rockets Playoffs, to bring you, “SHOOT TO WIN!”

Any day this or next week, donate at least 3 lbs or $5 to the Kelowna Community Food Bank, and you will be entered for a chance to take part in the on-ice contest during the 2nd intermission of the game.

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Why should I enter?

You could win a FREE TEAM ENTRY into Play On! Kelowna, which will be taking place May 24-25, 2014 outside Prospera Place! AND the 2 most successful shooters will also win a $50 Booster Juice gift card. Oh and of course, to support a great cause!

Play On! Kelowna 2014 Volunteer Poster

What does 3 lbs. of food look like?

3 cans of fruit or vegetables, 6 boxes of KD, 4 cans of soup, 2 jars of peanut butter.

If you don’t have time to stop in at the grocery store (or your pantry), just donate $5 or more to KCFB. To enter the contest, make sure to leave your name, email, date of birth, and cell phone number so we can contact you if you qualify!

We will be choosing two contestants Friday afternoon before the game, and one after the first intermission.  Make sure to bring your donations into the Kelowna Community Food Bank (1265 Ellis Street. Kelowna, BC) by 3:00 PM on Friday OR to our booth at Prospera Place by 8:00pm! Need help finding us at the game? Send us a Tweet and we’ll help you out! @playkelowna

We need your help in the fight against hunger! The Food Bank serves over 2,500 separate individuals per month in Kelowna, and nearly 40% of them are children under the age of 16.

Caring for our community,” is the motto of the Kelowna Community Food Bank, thanks to everybody who plans to donate and join us on our mission to combat hunger in the local community!

* If the Rockets take the series in 4 games, promotion will be moved to first home game of round 2.

Find out more about Play On! HERE

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Dangle with the Pros at the Play On! Celebrity Game!

WIN A CHANCE to Dangle with the Pros at Play On!

Last season at Play On! Vancouver & Kelowna, the champions of the annual Play On! Celebrity Game got to hoist the unnamed Celebrity Game Trophy, kindly donated by Creative Trophies & Gifts.

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In KelownaJustin Schultz’s White Team took the title, winning 9-5 over Blake Comeau’s Blue Team.

In VancouverJeff Tambellini‘s Red Team took the titlewinning 8-7 in a shootout over Brendan Gallagher’s White Team.

2013 Kelowna White Team Celeb Game 2013 Red 2

Think you can come up with a good name for the Trophy? We want to hear your ideas!!

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Submit your ideas via. FacebookTwitter, or email vancouver2014@playon.ca or kelowna2014@playon.ca.

The contestant who submits the winning name gets to play in the official “2014 Media & Celebrity Game” in their market

Contest opens March 1, 2014 and closes April 27th, 2014 with a maximum of three entries per person.

GOOD LUCK!

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