Steven Guinther-Plank, a Surrey resident, at Sungod Arena in North Delta during a recent minor hockey game. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

VIDEO: Hockey super fan cheers on everyone, in memory of Humboldt Broncos player

Steven Guinther-Plank’s loud, enthusiastic voice is heard in arenas around B.C.

There’s no such thing as a Christmas break for hockey super fan Steven Guinther-Plank.

As usual, the Surrey man’s calendar is filled with plans to watch a number of minor games at local arenas, as December comes to a close and a new year begins.

“I’ve been invited to two tournaments that weekend (after Christmas) and a showcase, so it’s going to be a busy,” Guinther-Plank explained with a wide smile.

He watches games “five to seven times” a week, from peewee to junior league, Kamloops to Gibsons, but “probably double that” during tournaments.

A fixture on the local hockey scene, Guinther-Plank is known for his jet engine-loud voice and sheer enthusiasm for cheering on everyone.

Seriously, ev-er-y-one.

“Good job all three officials – and scorekeeper and DJ, too!” he yelled Monday night at Sungod Arena during a game between Bantam rep teams from North Delta and Langley visitors.

“Good job whoever got that goal!” he hollered, moments after a reporter’s question distracted him from watching the home team score one, in a thrilling 4-3 win settled later, in the dying seconds.

Guinther-Plank’s green Jr. Steelers jersey, with “Broncos #1 Super Fan” printed on the back, offers a clue about some of his motivation to watch so many hockey games in recent years.

“I watched the Beaver Valley Nitehawks (of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League) in my hometown, Fruitvale – near Trail, up there,” he explained. “One of the players for that team, he was playing so good that he got called up by the Surrey Eagles, and then he got traded later, to the Humboldt Broncos, and he was one of the 16 (who died in a bus crash last spring).… Jaxon Joseph, yeah. I got to know him just a little bit, just watching him play, just cheering him on in Beaver Valley. He played so good that he was only there until January (of 2016), when Surrey called him up.

“That helps me motivate everybody out there,” Guinther-Plank continued, “because you never know when something like that can happen to anyone, right. And if you don’t cheer for that team before that, you kind of feel bad for it, so I just kind of, like, try to motivate everybody on the ice, including the officials.”

• RELATED STORIES:

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Surrey Eagles honour Humboldt Broncos, from Sept. 2018.

Guinther-Plank, 28, drives from game to game in his yellow Nissan Frontier, a truck he named “Bumblebee.”

When not out watching hockey, he’s studying to become an appliance repairman.

An impressively loud voice is something else he’s worked on.

“When I was younger I went to this native powwow, and they taught me how to tighten up your diaphragm and not yell out of your talking voice. It’s down deeper I guess, so I do that.”

With hand-written rosters, he keeps track of all the players on the ice, by jersey number.

“I’m just a longtime hockey fan and it’s fun seeing how much my yelling actually motivates them,” Guinther-Plank said. “I think it does. You can totally tell, and sometimes it distracts them a bit – like, they look up here but then they go score a goal after that, right.”

Over the years, players and parents have gotten to know Steven, the hockey super fan, and have given him gifts, including that green Jr. Steelers jersey.

“I watch rep games but I still cheer on house (teams), too,” he said, “because that was the tournament over in Gibsons, a peewee house tournament I saw.… One of the parents invited me, a kid who used to play on the Jr. Steelers out of Coquitlam, a spring team, and then they knew I was in the area and invited to the games.”

So, what’s his favourite team?

“I’d say all the younger teams, but the Vancouver Canucks are my favourite NHL team, but I can’t choose a younger team because it’s too hard to choose, because I just cheer all of them on.”



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Local artists struggle due to cancelled shows and closed shops

Creatives everywhere are in search of alternative ways to keep their content going

West Kootenay couple escapes Spain – safe, sound, and in self-isolation

BC couple Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

Emergency response teams continue services during pandemic

The RCMP, SAR, and fire department proceed with operations throughout COVID-19 situation

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Taking care of our mental health is just as important as protecting our physical health

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

‘Back to school, in a virtual way’ for B.C. students in COVID-19 pandemic

Province adds online resources to help parents at home

Canadian COVID-19 round-up: Air Canada cuts 15,000 jobs, 90% of flights

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Apartments evacuated during police stand-off

The incident occurred at Grand Forks apartment building on March 28

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Pay parking suspended at B.C. hospitals due to COVID-19

Temporary free parking reduces need for keypads, contact

Kootenay program encourages gardeners to share what they grow during pandemic

The West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op is sending out free seeds, but with a catch

Canadian ferry operators call for inclusion in COVID-19 travel restrictions

Domestic travel restrictions should include ferries, operators say

Most Read