The Thursday morning flight to Whitehorse from Vancouver was filled with NHL alumni — Trevor Linden was sitting a few rows in front of me and Lanny McDonald was behind me to name just a few — and excited fans piled in for the journey as well. Once we all landed in Whitehorse, the NHL alumni started signing items right away for fans that must have been sitting on pins and needles the whole way up.
After a quick stop at my hotel, it was off to the local Scotiabank branch that had a lineup around the block. Wendell Clark, Cassie Campbell-Pascal and (former Canuck) Brad May were signing anything the members of the community put in front of them.
After a nice dinner, we headed over to the Yukon Arts Centre for the “Stolen from a Hockey Card” show that featured short hockey films and live musical performances by Sarah Harmer, Kim Barlow, Buck 65, Geoff Berner, Dave Bidini, CR Avery and John K Samson.Â
Guest appearances by CBCâ€™s Ron MacLean and many of the hockey alumni in the audience including a funny story about his time in L.A. that I doubt Kelly Hrudy would share on Hockey Night in Canada.
I can only hope that these films are all available online as they are very compelling and a great record of our country’s passion for the game of Hockey. CBC Radio recorded the performances and they have been airing them already on CBC North… they will hopefully end up online in some form in the near future because there were some great hockey songs in there.Â
Tonight we will enjoy a massive community banquet and tomorrow is the main event. Stay tuned to CBC all day for 3 NHL games (with all 6 Canadian teams) and live hits from Whitehorse throughout Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.
John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveller. You can find him on Twitter and at johnbiehler.com where he discusses photography and all sorts of technology. All photos in this post were taken by John.