With the buildup to the 2014/15 NHL season still a ways off in the middle of August as training camp gets closer and closer from the distance, the Vancouver Canucks have their attentions on growing the game globally from August 10-19 as the hockey club will be supporting hockey camps in China over the next two weeks.
In connection with BC Hockey and presented by Century Star Skating Club, the camps that are being supported by the Canucks will be taking place in Shenzen and Shanghai this August in an attempt to grow the game in one of the world’s largest nations.
From the Canucks official website:
The Vancouver Canucks will be taking part in inaugural hockey schools in China over the next two weeks; the schools, presented by the Century Star Skating Club with support from the Canucks, will take place in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China, from August 10-19.
The camps will be conducted by Aaron Wilbur, managing director of the Coaches Site, and Michael Butler, program coordinator for BC Hockey. Both have been involved with the Canucks Centre of BC Hockey.
“I’ve had the pleasure of travelling to China for the past three years and working with Century Star on developing grassroots initiatives to grow the game in Mainland China,” said Wilbur. “The Canucks involvement is a historic first step in creating a connection with the game for the next generation of Chinese players.”
The Canucks make continual efforts to invest in the great game of hockey through communities all across British Columbia and are now excited to extend that investment with this unique opportunity in China.
You can see a video below of the Canucks camp in China, it is impressive seeing how good these kids are at skating as the kids from China look as strong on their skates as most kids in Canada do. It will be interesting to see how the Canucks support of hockey camps in China translates in the future, but for now it is a well intentioned attempt to grow the game as well as the Canucks brand in the Chinese market.