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Play On! Kelowna Is Road Hockey At Its Finest

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my debut at Play On! Kelowna 4 on 4 hockey tournament. Sure, I was on a co-ed corporate team that just lost out on the playoffs by ONE goal on aggregate and yes I could barely keep up but still what a weekend! Play On! gets started on June 18th and finishes the next day. It’s the perfect way to get your summer started.

Maybe you’re not in the know, maybe you’re green to what this all is? Play On! 4 on 4 hockey tournament is the biggest of its kind anywhere, even Germany! Basically 3 on 3 with a tendy and oh the line changes! There will be line changes galore.

Its hot, its fast paced and if you are of legal age, there’s beer just across the street. Kids from as young as 4 have played but I bet if you had a ringer that was 3, they’d let them in. Its hockey, we don’t discriminate, we include. All you need is a stick (maybe two if you have rage issues), sneakers, your Play On! commemorative shirt and entry level hockey skills.

Of course, I meant if you play like I do. There’s an elite division, a corporate division and a bunch of the rest of us. Tempers will flare and the odd high sticking call will be made (slapshots are frowned upon unless you are in the Elite division).

Every game is played around Prospera Place downtown and on the Delta Grand parkade. There’s a reason half the NHL calls Kelowna home in the summer; what better place to be when you want to get your hockey on in the summer? Speaking of, the celebrity game will feature a few Kelowna Rockets, Westside Warriors, some mayor guy and possibly an NHLer who got to town early for the summer.

Want to be a ref? Sure you do. What’s better than pushing people around, missing calls, shrugging your shoulders and kicking guys out for not playing fair? OK that’s not all true, the game is pretty fast. Hockey is intense and things get a little nutty but they need dedicated men and women to keep this thing going, keep it fun and well…if there’s no officials, there’s no games.

Click here to sign up as a ref for this year’s tourney!

Maybe you just want to help out; there are tons of positions to fill and make this tournament the best it can be. Click HERE if you want a sweet tee and a good job reference.

I’ll be hanging around that weekend and I might even get back in the game. It’s Play On! Kelowna and once you go full hockey, you never go back.

Check out my instagram @always90four and twitter @always90four …..I know very original. I’ll have a bunch of behind the scenes stuff that weekend.

JUNE 18….JUNE 19….2016….DON’T FORGET.

Photo: castanet.net

The Great Canadian Bacon Chase

I am a humanitarian, I am a people person and because I love bacon, I am a promotor and such. I am letting you all know about an event taking place in September called “The Great Canadian Bacon Chase”. Get this: you do some running, people give you bacon, you do some more running, more bacon. You finish the run, pancakes and bacon. Not sure why you are still reading at this point, we are talking about bacon.

GO SIGN UP!!

The Great Canadian Bacon Chase is a charity event to raise money for Inn From The Cold. This charity houses people that are on the street and need a warm bed in the cold winter months for a night. As we know in Kelowna, it definitely can get cold at night, maybe not Alberta or Saskatchewan cold but it’s a real problem. These are people that don’t have anywhere else to go and really just need that loving care that a warm bed brings.

Please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-great-canadian-bacon-chase-tickets-12582286959

All the details you need are there and it gives you the confirmation that bacon indeed will rule your life that day.

This is a 5k race or a 0.05k saunter as it says and good ol’ BC Bacon is there with you every step of the way starting at Michaelbrook Golf Club. On September 28, 2014 bring your appetite and your lazy running legs out for a great cause.

Oh, I almost forgot; they are serving caesars and Starbucks coffee.

Is there any reason to NOT go?

Contact Kevin Lavigne for any additional information
kevin.lavigne@planfirst.ca

Follow me on twitter @hankthetank10 and @always90four

What is in your music machine?

I have my music surrounding me everywhere whether I’m writing this, drafting my fantasy team, driving to work, or playing some madden. I really don’t have a set list of what gets me going but i like to make sure I’m not bored.

I find if I’m playing football, i like to have an album go front to back, driving i need something loud and sing a longful? When i write i like to have hip hop going. It just keeps my head bobbin and the ideas flowing. Listening to jay z and Kanye gets my blood going and i usually get a good sports ref from them.

What do you have that moves you? Music is key in sports, you really don’t realize it until you think about it. Last 30 seconds of a penalty kill, a missed shot, touchdown, goal, huge dunk, or a great play to end an inning. Every song shapes the game you watch. Every time i hear chelsea dagger, i know its bad, but when i hear BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM, i know we are in the game.

Im always a huge fan of warmups too! Teams that take their warmup music seriously, get the nod. Hockey usually gets it right. My hometown Kelowna rockets know how to get the younger generation engaged, the Canucks got it down to a science, until puck drop anyways. The Seahawks have a great opening and you have to give the nod to the Yankees. When Jeter came out to empire state of mind, you knew that he just owned the place.

I think back to the good ol days when you had your ghetto blaster outside playing street hockey and you had dance mix 93 or jock jams or contact. It just made your fun that much better.

Music and sports are a marriage that will never break up, its here for the long run.