CANUCKS ALUMNI SET TO PLAY SPARTANS ALUMNI SATURDAY

MEN’S HOCKEY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
CANUCKS ALUMNI GAME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CANUCKS ALUMNI SET TO PLAY SPARTANS ALUMNI SATURDAY

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The rosters are complete, the coaches have their “gameplans” and the players are ready to put on a show as the Trinity Western men’s hockey alumni team is now just two days away from hosting the Vancouver Canucks alumni at the Langley Events Centre Saturday night.

The game, which will be a scholarship fundraiser for the current Spartans men’s hockey team, which plays in the BCIHL (British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League), will start at 8:00 p.m. but the festivities will begin much earlier as fans will have the opportunity for autographs from the Canucks alumni from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. on the LEC concourse.
 
There will be a silent auction at the game, with funds going to Spartans scholarships, that will include items like a Vancouver Canucks team signed jersey and a pair of lower bowl tickets to the Canucks March 30 game against Dallas.

The Langley City Fire Department will also be at the game and will be collecting money for the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Half of the money collected by the fire fighters will go to the Burn Fund and half will go towards Spartans hockey scholarships.

Ticket Prices
$10 – Adult
$5 – Child (13-18)
$2 – TWU Student (with student ID card)
FREE – 12 & Under
Available at: Ticketmaster.ca and at the door

With the likes of Bill Ranford, Doug Bodger and Larry Melnyk suiting up for the Canucks Alumni and Trinity Western legends like long-time coach and player Dr. Chuck MacKnee, his son Josh MacKnee – who played seven years for the club with his last season being 2009-10 and led the team in scoring each season – and Ken Newman and Rob Bogress – the latter two having been named conference all-stars back in 1987-88 – the game is setting up to be a classic in every sense of the word.

Guiding the Canucks Alumni team from bench will be former Canuck Ryan Walter, who is also a Trinity Western alumnus and is currently the president of the Abbotsford Heat. On the opposite bench will be long-time former Trinity Western coaches Bill Luke and John Holyk.

Vancouver Canucks Alumni Lineup

Forwards
30 - Bill Ranford                
6 -   Dusty Imoo                
10 - Misko Antisin            
14 - Jeff Oddleifson            
15 - Ken Berry                
17 - Steve Clippingdale            
19 - Mark Taylor            
20 - Gary Monahan            
22 - John Craighead            

Defencemen
3 -   Doug Bodger            
55 - Garth Butcher            
23 - Paul Reinhart            
24 - Larry Melnyk            
9 -   Ed Hatoum            

Goalies
31 - Terry Bingley            
30 - Chris Levesque            

Coaches
Ryan Walter
Darcy Rota
David Bruce

Trainer
Gerry “Slammer” Dean

Referee
Mr. Stan Vyse

Announcer
John Ashbridge

Trinity Western Hockey Alumni Lineup

Skaters            Last Year at TWU
Chuck Macknee             1983
Josh Macknee                2005
Kevin Ratcliffe                2011
Josh Schweitzer             2009
Corwin Koch                   1995
Ken Newman                  1989
Rob Bogress                   1990
Glen Boughen                1989
Paul Magnusson             1985
Mike McDonald               1985
Chris Wiens                    1998
Keith Louis                       
Jonathan Higgins           2008
Rob Siemens                 1992
Carl Ries                        2008
Randy Savard                1996
Shawn Plummer            1996
Dino Babuin                   1995
Clark Moran                   2007
Jordan Urness               2007
Jeremy Ruck                  2003
Mike Stienke                  2002
Craig Spence                 2005

Goalies
Kevin Helps                  
Michael Gagne              1998

Coaches
Bill Luke
John Holyk

Referee
Ray Evans

Hockey began at Trinity Western in 1972 with Peter Andres coaching for the first two years before Allan Kotanen took over behind the bench in 1974

From 1974 to 1984, Trinity Western played in four different leagues, did several “tours” playing schools in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as two five-game trips to Southern California, playing against the likes of UCLA and USC. From 1974 to 1977, Trinity Western played in the Totem Conference, which was a precursor to the B.C. College Athletics Association. Following the 1976-77 season, the Totem Conference folded and in 1977-78 Trinity Western helped to form the Fraser Valley College Hockey League.

By the 1978-80 season Trinity Western has started playing exhibition games against schools in Washington state so it was natural then that in 1981, the team joined the Pacific Northwest College Hockey League, which included Western Washington, Gonzaga, University of Washington and Portland State. But after playing the PNCHL for two year, and reportedly never losing a game, Trinity Western returned closer to home for its competition as it joing the new Pacific College Hockey League in 1983-84, which also turned out to be Kotanen’s last season as the Spartans coach. The PCHL was something of revival of the Totem Conference, and included schools like Cariboo College, Douglas College & UBC’s JV team.

Then after the 1990-91 campaign, the Trinity Western men’s hockey team played as a club team for the next 10 years, largely under the leadership of Dr. MacKnee, before they became the Titans, and more of an official club team, in 2001. From there, the Titans were instrumental in building what is now known as the BCIHL as they hosted and won the first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey Championship Tournament in 2003 and then again in 2004.

Since then, the Trinity Western hockey program has played in the BCIHL, first as the Titans, and then as of 2010, as the Spartans.

Now, the best from many of those days will return to Langley and put their talents against the best the Canucks alumni have to offer.
 
“This benefit game will bring in support and give our current Spartans team the chance to see the men who went before them and those who helped build this program,” said Spartans head coach Dwayne Lowdermilk, who returned to coach at Trinity Western three years ago after having coached the Spartans in 1988-89. “It is great to see the Trinity Western hockey alumni getting excited about rejoining their teammates of past. This will be a great opportunity to show and share recognition for Trinity Western’s 50-year celebration and also the future of Spartans hockey.”

For more information go to GoSpartans.ca and follow the Spartans on Twitter @TWUSpartans.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2012-02-23
Author: Mark Janzen