Last year’s Skate with the Huskies was considered to be the best in the history of the event, and on Friday that benchmark was surpassed. An estimated 85 people came out for the event for a chance to skate with members of the club.
Team general manager Jeremy Clothier said the increase in popularity in the event can be attributed to the club taking a more active role in Fort St. John.
“Just getting it out there more so people know about it and having more involvement within the community with our team. We’ve been fairly active in the community. The people recognize that and they want to bring their kids and they want to be part of that,” he said.
From a team perspective the event is important because it gives young fans a chance to meet players they look up to while hopefully giving them something to look forward to down the road.
“Our kids go out there and they help with young kids. They don’t just skate around in packs of five or six by themselves. They’re interacting so that makes it special for the kids. Hopefully some of these kids stick around and play for the Huskies in seven or eight years. That’s what we’re looking for is to be a part of the community and have the support from the community,” Clothier said.
Around the rink the Huskies next game action is slated for Friday at the North Peace Arena against Beaverlodge at 8 p.m.