Hodge: Vancouver lost a lot more than just the Stanley Cup

I’m disgusted. The good thing about feeling so disgusted is that it diminishes my feelings of being so disappointed.

Today’s column is not today’s column—it’s last week’s column. With the demise of the Sunday edition of the Capital News,  I have been traded to the Friday edition for a bucket of pucks.

For today’s column, I suggest you check out next Friday’s edition  regardless, here it is today’s column which is actually last week’s column— but with some changes. (Gosh, now I’m all confused).


I’m disgusted.

The good thing about feeling so disgusted is that it diminishes my feelings of being so disappointed.

Like thousands of other Canadians, I am disappointed by the failure of the Vancouver Canucks to capture the moment and seize their first Stanley Cup in 40 years of NHL existence.

Like thousands of B.C. and Vancouver residents, I am totally disgusted with the asinine hooliganism displayed by a group of morons and punks who rioted and ransacked blocks of downtown Vancouver following game seven of the Cup finals.

I hope each and every one of the culprits who rioted, burned cars, trashed businesses, and looted get nailed by the police and the courts and are held fully accountable for their cowardly stupidity.

The words barbaric and pathetic spring to mind, not to mention brash and dumb.

At the end of the day, technology ironically contributed to the insanity witnessed in Vancouver and will likewise contribute to the arrest and charges against the perpetrators.

There is no question that a certain small number of idiots planned the riot and intentionally began the trouble with no interest in the result of the game.

Through Facebook, twitter, texting, cell phones, etc. the word was spread to join the insanity, which increased the crowd of morons by thousands.

Ironically, that same technology will ultimately lead to the arrest of many of them.

It’s boggling how dumb some of the goof balls involved (largely drunk, stoned, and angry males between 16 and 26) were. Did they not realize that by posing and dancing around the mayhem that they would be filmed? Smart as a hockey puck!


The winners of the City of Kelowna Mayor’s Environmental Achievement Awards were announced last week.

Winners of the five categories are:

• Most Dedicated Group, Salvation Army Thrift Stores

• Most Dedicated Individual, Dr. Cigdem Eskiciogiu

• Most Friendly School,   École KLO Middle School

• Most Innovative Business Initiative, Sysco Kelowna

• Most Sustainable Development, Philip MacDonald Architect Inc.

Congratulations to all of you!


Ready to rock n’roll?

On Sunday, June 26, at the Kelowna Community Theatre, Interior Savings and Wentworth Music will present ‘Rock of Ages,’  a tribute to Def Leppard performed by students from the Wentworth Music Education Centre.

The concert will feature 160 students rocking out to 20 of the band’s popular rock anthems and ballads.

“From the sounds of what I’ve heard in rehearsals, this is shaping up to be a pretty good show. Some of the interpretations of the lead vocals are just outstanding,” said Noel Wentworth, vice-president of education at Wentworth Music.

This concert will be the 11th in the series of themed productions the Wentworth students have provided to assist children at the Kelowna General Hospital.

Way to go Noel and students!

For more information check out www.wmec.ca


Looking for some great deals?

On Saturday, June 25,  the Veendam Sister City Exchange program will host a garage sale at the Kelowna Memorial Arena, starting at 8 a.m.


On a very sad note, I am crushed to announce that my good friend Ronald James Opheim died last week from cancer.

‘Opie’ was a fabulous fellow with a huge heart and a wicked sense of humour.

Ronnie was born in Saskatoon and moved to Nanaimo when he 12 years of age. He loved his hockey and played for the New York Rangers farm team.

He and best buddies, Larry McNabb and Richard Dutka, coached the Nanaimo Clippers for 10 years.

Ron’s main niche in life was newspapers—the ink ran through his veins!

He started his newspaper career at the Parksville Qualicum News as a sales rep when I was the editor, then migrated to the Peninsula News as publisher, and later transferred to Ladysmith Chronicle as publisher.

He was then promoted to national sales on Vancouver Island. Ron loved to golf, but more than anything he loved his family.

Opie was well known to hockey fans and many Okanagan Valley residents.  He made the world a better and happier place and will be dearly missed.





Kelowna Capital News