Growing up in Central Alberta, one would think I had loved hockey my whole life but that is not necessarily true. Sure I tuned in to HNIC every Saturday night and I was regularly hanging out at the rink watching my brother play but it wasn’t until the high-flying Edmonton Oilers came on the scene that I recognized what an amazing sport this was. Through their five Stanley Cup victories, we fans were spoiled with the greatness of hockey. Gretzky, Kurri, Fuhr, Coffey; the list goes on and on. I was hooked! Shortly after, I moved to Vancouver in time to go through the ’94 play-offs with the Canucks causing my alliance to change and I have been a Knucklehead ever since .
After moving to the west coast, I started playing hockey myself. It is through this great game that I came to know some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, including Val Skelly. About a year and half ago, she asked me if I wanted to help set a record for the longest ice hockey game and without really thinking about it, I said sure. When she stated that she wanted to do this in order to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis, I was a little surprised. It was only after she explained her connection to the disease that her motivation made sense. Finally, I “met” Eva through her videos and her blogs and that was it, I knew I had to give everything I could to this game in order to honour her and her legacy. We can’t let her down, we can’t let the CF community down and we can’t let ourselves down. We are on the verge of achieving greatness, not for ourselves but for others and it will be the most rewarding accomplishment.
Thank you for your help in making this happen.