Coquitlam Express players are expanding their community outreach by volunteering to clean up parks, beaches and other public spaces in the Tri-Cities, as well as New Westminster and Burnaby.
The Coquitlam Express isn’t just hoping to clean up the ice this season.
Its players will help clean up their community.
On Monday, the BC Hockey League team announced its new Working Together initiative that will send players to help with clean-up projects at local parks and beaches in the Tri-Cities, as well as Burnaby and in New Westminster.
It’s all part of the team’s efforts to give back to the support they’ve received from fans, as well as local businesses, Express general manager Tali Campbell said in a press release.
“This initiative will get our players in the community to help clean up parks, beaches and other community areas so that we can continue to be proud of where we play.”
The program will begin in October and will continue throughout the hockey season.
Campbell said the team will work with local businesses that provide materials to help with cleanups.
After a season of public health restrictions that prevented fans from attending games and limited players to a curtailed exhibition season – followed several months later by a 20-game campaign, where teams faced rivals regions in five pods across the province – the Express has strengthened its community outreach as it begins to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Last spring the team hosted a special camp for female hockey players, and in July Campbell expanded to include managing a regional development program for female hockey players.
And in August, the team hosted its first charity golf tournament that raised nearly $ 12,000 for Canuck Place.
In addition, the Express players are paired with local minor hockey teams to help with training, and the team will play two regular season games at the new Port Coquitlam community center in February.
The Express also allows all children 18 and under to attend games for free this season through a partnership with a local insurance company: Sussex Insurance.
Campbell joined the team at the start of the 2020-2021 season with a history of community building, in previous stints with the BCHL Nanaimo Clippers and as the Victoria Grizzlies Community Relations Manager and Director. business for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
At 26, he is one of the youngest executives in junior hockey, and the Nanaimo native said he has never forgotten the impact it has had on his own life and career aspirations meeting newcomers. players from his home team when he was younger.
“Every decision I make comes from the heart and that’s where it comes from,” he said.
The Express opens its regular season on October 8, with its first home game scheduled for October 15 against the Chilliwack Chiefs.
A vaccination passport is compulsory for admission and wearing a mask is compulsory. Paid places will be limited to half of the 2,200 places at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.