The Okanagan Valley is blessed with many things; ideal weather every season of the year, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains that are dotted with vineyards, and no bugs! None. Not a single mosquito in sight. But from April 19-21 the city of Kelowna was blessed with the presence of the one and only Dan O’Toole. Each year at a couple of chosen events CHE invites Dan to come and mingle with the men and women at our adult tournaments. He hops on the bench mid game and helps coach a team to victory, does post game interviews with the player of the game or just casually talks with players at the bar.
I thought Dan was pretty popular in eastern Canada, but I didn’t consider that his 1:00am EST broadcast is the 10:00pm broadcast in BC and I’ve never seen so many fans get excited to meet a sports broadcaster. The recent success of the Jay and Dan Podcast (#1 on iTunes) has helped to bolster his reputation as well, but the one thing that people can’t get over is also the basis for his success: he’s exactly the same as the man he plays on TV. He’s more than happy to take a few pictures, sign an autograph or just talk about sports, family or growing up on a farm.
I’ll be posting a photo collage of pictures I’ve received with Dan and some players onto our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/canadianhockeyenterprises) on Tuesday April 30th. Whichever picture receives the most likes within a week will receive a gift from CHE so go check them out and pick your favorite shots.
Canadian Hockey Enterprises
Its spring again in Canada and with the anticipation of exchanging our jackets and boots for shorts and sandals it’s always a great time of year for us as Canadians. The snow is melting, the neighbourhood streets are full of people and although the hockey season might be over, there are plenty of sports on TV to keep us occupied. The NCAA March Madness and NHL playoffs are action packed, baseball is back and the Masters always reminds us that golf season is just around the corner. But there’s one sport that caught my eye this spring like never before; The Women’s World Hockey Championships, and the future of women’s hockey is bright.
In front of a crowd of over 18,000 screaming fans in Ottawa, the US and Canadian Women’s national teams put on the most exciting hockey game I’ve watched all year. Continue reading
As the owner of CHE I was joined by our celeb staff Gilles Gilbert, former NHL All Star goalie, and Adam Collins, former European star player, in Canada’s Capital City and I enjoyed the weekend as much as the participants. The U of Ottawa double rink ice was amazing, the NHL game between the Sens and Tampa Bay was a hit and the tournament games and divisions were close. The first teams to arrive were the boys from Uxbridge and Sudbury who rolled into Ottawa in their own buses ready to rock! And they ROCKED!
The Sudbury team had a very inspirational player who was a former pro and Sudbury Wolve. This former Sudbury Wolves captain had 87 points in the 1995-96 season and broke his leg in 2008 as a professional. 3 years later he had to make the decision to amputate or live in pain. Check his story here.
Way to go Sean it was a pleasure meeting you.
Paul Crowley-President CHE