Pee Wee Braves under Hockey Night spotlight

Pee wee Saanich Braves to intro CBC Hockey Night in Canada on Jan. 14 from Pearkes Rec. Centre

Members of the pee wee Saanich Braves go over their lines with their coach and the CBC camera crew on Jan. 2. Goalie Carter Cooper

Taylor Sims is about to join Ron MacLean, Don Cherry and Elliotte Friedman as one of the faces on Canada’s greatest hockey institution.

On Tuesday night (Jan. 3) and after quick rehearsal, Sims and her teammates were tasked with an introduction familiar to millions of Canadian hockey lovers.

“From the Pearkes Recreation Centre … it’s Hockey Night in Canada!”

Sims is the team’s only girl. Hers is one of many close-ups that will open the Jan. 14 edition of Hockey Night in Canada with the rest of the pee wee boys Saanich Braves team (11 and 12 years old).

The segment airs at 3:30 p.m.

Camera and crew from CBC spent two hours filming on the ice and another off it, including close-ups with nine different Braves players.

“The crew showed up just after 5:30 p.m. and didn’t leave Pearkes until close to 9 p.m., shooting on the ice, in the lobby and in the dressing room,” said team manager Kim Bell. “Then they stayed long after to show the footage to the kids.”

It was Sims’ dad Nigel who nominated the team to be part of HNIC’s pre-game show, called Scotiabank Hockey Tonight.

On Jan. 14, the club will gather for a pizza-fueled viewing party to watch their team take the spotlight just ahead of the 4 p.m. airing of either the New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens.

The Braves will also introduce the 7 p.m. game, which has the Los Angeles Kings visiting the Calgary Flames.

In all, there are nine individual speaking parts with all 17 players also chanting in unison to celebrate CBC’s flagship sporting program, the benchmark for Canadian sports television since 1952.

Just Posted

Widow of chef killed by SUV gives birth to twin boys

Khushal Rana was struck and killed by an out-of-control vehicle on Gorge Road last month

City of Colwood considers plastic bag ban

Bylaw must be brought forward for public input before adoption

West Shore RCMP catch thieves in the act in Colwood

Thieves were trying to steal a utility trailer from the driveway of a home

Premier asks for re-do on Highway 14 study

A study on Highway 14 improvement has been delayed for a second… Continue reading

Recent calls prompt warning from Langford Fire Rescue

Heating sources are one of the leading causes of house fires

VIDEO: Innovating healthier homes

NZ Builders bring commercial concept into residential realm to improve energy efficiency and health

This week’s wanted in Greater Victoria for Nov. 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Former DVBA head breathed new life into Victoria organization: board chair

Business association board removes executive director Kerri Milton after just 16 months

Whistler venues could see 2026 Olympic action

Calgary is looking to cut down on costs

Michael Buble announced as 2018 Juno host in Vancouver

Awards will celebrate Canadian talent in March

BC Hydro issues storm safety tips

Bulletin indicates “electrical contact incidents resulting in serious injury are on the rise.”

B.C. flaggers rally after colleague struck in Okanagan

Traffic Control Personnel respond to colleague being hit in Lavington

UPDATE: Washington Governor Jay Inslee visits B.C.

Premier John Horgan talks trains, trade with southern neighbour

Viral video shows deer killed on Snapchat in Campbell River

RCMP say they have identified those involved and are working with conservation officers

Most Read