The BCHL and LNG Canada are proud to partner with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni for the Road Show event in Kitimat, B.C..
The Canucks Alumni will be sending two of their most distinguished members to the event, Dave Babych and Jyrki Lumme, who were both an integral part of the Canucks famous 1994 team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Babych and Lumme will be participating in the youth hockey clinics on Feb. 14 and will be at the Fan Zone on Feb. 15 signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the Fan Zone at Tamitik Arena.
Famous for his outstanding moustache, Babych put together a 20-year NHL career, including seven seasons with the Canucks. Drafted second overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1980, the Edmonton, Alta. native played the first five years of his career there before being traded to the Hartford Whalers in 1985-86, then was acquired by the Canucks to start the 1991-92 season. He played in 1,194 regular-season NHL games, putting up 723 points in the process. He was named an NHL All-Star in 1982-83 and 1983-84 with the Jets
Drafted in the third round of the 1986 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Lumme played two seasons with the Habs before being traded to Vancouver in 1990. Lumme, from Tampere, Finland, went on to play nine seasons for the Canucks before finishing his NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs. Lumme played a total of 985 NHL games and registered 468 points. He also won a silver medal with Finland at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Alta. as well as a bronze at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, the first Olympics with NHL participation.
The Canucks Alumni is made up of former hockey players, coaches and administrators and has over 100 members and associates in the Greater Vancouver area. The mandate of the alumni association is “to work for the improvement of personal relationships among all members of the hockey fraternity, to provide financial and other forms of assistance to members of the hockey community and their families, when in need, to support charitable causes, primarily youth orientated, and to generally promote the game of ice hockey at all levels”. The alumni interacts with the NHL Canucks in most of the team’s charitable and community fundraisers and operates a schedule of its own benefit hockey games and golf tournaments throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.