The Westside Warriors are spreading the love to students in West Kelowna schools today.
Royal LePage Place will be packed with school kids Tuesday for a special mid-day B.C. Hockey League exhibition game between the Warriors and the Vernon Vipers.
The two teams meet at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday) in the inaugural Westside Warriors school game.
“This is hopefully the first of many school games we hold to get the youth in our community amped up about us before the season,” said Andrew Deans, Warriors sales and marketing manager. “We want to make sure they leave with a memorable experience so we have a few school challenges we’re going to execute. We want to get all the schools in West Kelowna behind us.”
The Warriors offered each middle and elementary school in West Kelowna 150 tickets in exchange for the school’s bringing the kids to the rink.
Standing room tickets are available for the rest of the Warriors fans.
Meanwhile, one of the Warriors top players will be missing the game.
Defenceman Michael King has left the team to join 60 other prospects in Canmore, Alberta vying to earn spots on team Canada West, at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge.
The 6-foot-4 defenceman has already earned an NCAA scholarship to Colorado College starting in 2012/13, but the prospect of playing for his country is an opportunity that he’s fired up about.
“It’s great to be on it” says the Prince George native of his inclusion in the camp roster. “It’s an honour and privilege to be selected.”
The World Junior ‘A’ Challenge runs from Nov. 7-13 in Langley, B.C.
After hosting Vernon on Tuesday, the Warriors wrap up their pre-season on the road, with games Thursday in Prince George and Friday in Salmon Arm.
The Warriors split two exhibition games on the weekend beating Salmon Arm 3-2 and losing to Vernon 2-1 in overtime.