Popular Skate With Huskies event going forward

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 20th annual Skate with the Huskies event is coming to the Pomeroy Sport Centre this …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 20th annual Skate with the Huskies event is coming to the Pomeroy Sport Centre this weekend, with some minor changes.

In past years, as many as 200 people filled the ice to meet their junior hockey idols, play a game of tag, or get a picture with some players.

According to Huskies general manager Jeremy Clothier, it wasn’t just kids coming out to experience the free activity.

“We had a bunch of the international students that come over and go to high school. They all came out, and the players got to teach them how to skate and show them a different part of our culture,” says Clothier.

When asked about who has the most fun at these events, he didn’t skip a beat in answering.

“I think our players have a lot more fun than they would ever say out loud, and it’s pretty neat. To watch a 20-year-old skating around with a five-year-old on his shoulders, or pushing them in a chair, it’s special.”

As for changes to this year’s event, Clothier says they are spreading the length and the number of participants throughout the day.

“There are four different shifts, and only a certain number of people can register per shift. It allows us to do the event right, and be socially distant while making sure you don’t run into somebody.”

Pre-booking for the Sunday event, which is taking place from 12-6 p.m., is available now through the City of Fort St. John website,  or by calling 250-785-4592.

Tickets will also be available for purchase for the Huskies 50/50 fundraiser.

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