Nothing says sportsmanship like a singalong at centre ice with five minutes to go in the third period.
The Legendary Hockey Heroes extended their win streak at the Old-timers’ Hockey Challenge on Wednesday at Frank Crane Arena, defeating the Nanaimo Law Enforcement team 15-8.
With the outcome well in hand, hall of famer Bryan Trottier traded his hockey stick for a guitar and led both teams, and the fans, in a clap-along version of “This Land is Your Land.”
It was one more highlight in a high-scoring, entertaining hockey game.
Glenn Anderson was the star of the game, but he wasn’t the only one with a multiple-goal performance, as six-year-old Kane Law of the Nanaimo Sabres scored a hat trick for the Law Enforcement team.
Trottier said the local minor hockey players were “maniacs” out on the ice.
“We weren’t ready for their speed,” he said. “They were really a great bunch, really high-energy, and if they keep that kind of energy then good things are going to happen.”
Partial proceeds from the event went to the Nanaimo SPCA.
Trottier said the old-timers’ games are a way to reconnect with fans and NHL friends, and travel across Canada.
“There are little pockets of the country that are pretty special, with special people there, great hockey fans and we’re trying to be good ambassadors,” he said.