The Kootenay Patricks will represent Nelson at the Jan. 23 charity game against Montreal Canadiens alumni. Photo: Tyler Harper

The Kootenay Patricks will represent Nelson at the Jan. 23 charity game against Montreal Canadiens alumni. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Kootenay Patricks assemble for first practice ahead of charity game

The group of locals will play Montreal Canadiens alumni next week

David Hornby gingerly skated off the ice for a breather in the locker room. It had been some time since he’d played hockey even casually, and his body was letting him know it.

“I have legs but they don’t last so long, so I have to be careful and have the shorter shifts,” said Hornby. “Use my head instead of my heart. I’m not 25 anymore, that’s for sure.”

Hornby, who grew up and played minor hockey in Nelson, was among those who took part Tuesday evening in the Kootenay Patricks’ first practice ahead of the Jan. 23 charity game at the Nelson and District Community Complex against a team of Montreal Canadiens alumni that will include Stanley Cup winners Mathieu Dandenault and Patrice Brisebois.

The Patricks are comprised of former NHL players such as Matt Walker and Simon Wheeldon, players with junior experience including Pat Severyn and Justin Pickerell, and several other longtime hockey fans who signed up for the experience of representing Nelson against the Habs.

Hornby is among the latter. He is currently working as a principal at a school in Guangzhou, China, but returned during a holiday break to play in memory of his father and former Nelson Maple Leafs player Howie Hornby.

The elder Hornby played for the Senior Leafs from 1958 to 1969 and won the 1962 world championship with the Trail Smoke Eaters in Sweden. He passed away in 2014, but his son hopes Howie’s legacy will be alive and well next week when the puck drops.

“If I can get one for No. 10 that would be icing on the cake,” said David.

Hornby wasn’t the only Patrick smiling through sweat Tuesday.

Derek Diener, a local mortgage broker, was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1994, played four seasons in the WHL and two more in the American Hockey League.

Diener said he was looking forward to the experience of people watching him play, something he hasn’t had for two decades.

“It’s going to be fun to see a lot of people in the building and playing in front of a crowd again, playing against some of the legends with Montreal and just getting to be with the boys and having a good time and being part of a team again,” he said.

Among those in the crowd will be the family of Aaron Shrieves.

Shrieves, who coaches a Nelson Minor Hockey peewee team, said he’s excited to have his two kids watch him on the ice — even though, he said with a grin, they will be wearing Canadiens jerseys.

“That’s neat,” he said. “They don’t get to see me play hockey very often, especially when there’s other people watching.”

Shrieves was born and raised in Nelson, and is a true fan of the city’s hockey history. He was still young when locals including Wheeldon and Danny Gare were in the NHL, and when he played Shrieves always wore the No. 8 of his favourite player Greg Adams.

“I had that growing up. I got to skate with Gordie Howe when he came here. I’m proud to say I’m from Nelson [and] proud to represent. Hopefully for the game we can do a little bit out there.”

The game is a fundraiser for Make A Change Canada. The Nelson charity provides online employment, self-employment and skills training to people who have difficulty entering the work force.

Tickets can be purchased online at makeachangecanada.com/charity-hockey-game, at Mallard’s Source For Sports in Nelson and Castlegar, Stuart’s News at the Chahko-Mika Mall and at Second Look Used Books in Castlegar.

Related:

Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup winners among Montreal Canadiens to visit in Nelson

Nelson player to celebrate a milestone with the Montreal Canadiens

Kootenay Patricks assemble to take on Montreal Canadiens alumni



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

 

Former NHL player Mike Laughton will coach the Patricks at the game alongside current Nelson Leafs coach Mario DiBella. Photo: Tyler Harper

Former NHL player Mike Laughton will coach the Patricks at the game alongside current Nelson Leafs coach Mario DiBella. Photo: Tyler Harper

Players with the Kootenay Patricks look on during their first scrimmage Tuesday at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Photo: Tyler Harper

Players with the Kootenay Patricks look on during their first scrimmage Tuesday at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Photo: Tyler Harper

Just Posted

The current state of the Royal Hotel. (Photo Contributed by Richard Leeks)
‘No one is willing to step up to take any responsibility’: Royal owners plow on with renovictions

Heat, kitchen appliances, doors, running water and WiFi have been allegedly removed

RDEK reminds public to register for their emergency notification system. File photo.
RDEK reminds residents to register for East Kootenay Evacuation Notification System

Provincial Alert system cannot be used for local emergencies

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie: New orders a challenge, but community is supportive

Mayor Qualizza said that the new public health orders were an opportunity to safeguard the winter season

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
Wilks reflects on new public health orders

Sparwood Mayor Wilks said that it was important to work towards a normal Christmas in 2020

(File Photo)
Sparwood implements new COVID test

Residents over the age of four qualify for the altered screening method

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

The corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada are seen in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The chief medical adviser at Health Canada says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in Canada next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Health Canada expects first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved next month

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine,

FILE – A paramedic holds a test tube containing a blood sample during an antibody testing program at the Hollymore Ambulance Hub, in Birmingham, England, on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP)
Want to know if you’ve had COVID-19? LifeLabs is offering an antibody test

Test costs $75 and is available in B.C. and Ontario

The grey region of this chart shows the growth of untraced infection, due to lack of information on potential sources. With added staff and reorganization, the gap is stabilized, Dr. Bonnie Henry says. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 tracing to keep up with surging cases

People now notified of test results by text message

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix.”
Free ‘Hollywood Suite’ movies in December include ‘Keanussance’ titles starring Keanu Reeves

Also featured is the Israeli-made ‘Valley of Tears,’ a 10-part war drama

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
VIDEO: B.C. planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the first weeks of 2021

The question of who will get the vaccine first relies on Canada’s ethical framework

Most Read