Stu and the Islanders Can't Get Enough!
|Tuesday, May 29, 2018|
Stu Lavoie is a Board Member for CARHA Hockey and a huge fan of the CARHA Hockey World Cup.
His team, the Islanders Hockey Club, has been attending the CARHA Hockey World Cup since 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie and has no plans of slowing down any time soon.
CARHA Hockey had the opportunity to discuss the event and the Islanders with Stu!
Tell us about your team – what’s your team name, where are you from, and when were you founded?
The Islanders Hockey Club from Courtenay B.C. on Vancouver Island – dubbed ‘A Drinking Team with a Hockey Problem’ – is unique, or so we would like to think. The players range in age from 40 to 56 and all have different professional careers and live in the Comox Valley area.
When it’s time to don the hockey equipment we are there to play ‘for the love of the game’ and the cold refreshments and stories afterward.
The team was formed 18 years ago and has gone through some player changes, but the core is still well intact. We are like family during the hockey season and in the off-season we are like every other hockey player and do our off-season training on the golf course.
Most of the team participated in the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup in Sault Ste. Marie and 2016 World Cup in Windsor, Ontario, in which we won the Gatorade Division and brought home the World Cup trophy to our hometown of Courtenay.
We played teams from Switzerland, Latvia, Fitchburg, USA and Sioux Lookout in 2012; in 2016 we played Switzerland, two different teams from Finland, Italy and Windsor.
What does this event mean to you as a board member of CARHA Hockey?
It's like the Olympics of recreational hockey for everyone involved. It brings all players, families, volunteers together to make the event of this size happen. It is great for the development of CARHA Hockey across the country.
What are you most looking forward to in Richmond?
We are looking forward to participating in the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup in Richmond and connecting with the other players from all over the world and to be reacquainted with old friends and colleagues
Do you have a favourite story or moment from the World Cup events of the past?
In Windsor in 2016, being handed the World Cup trophy as the team captain after a very rough start in our first game and defeating the local Windsor Team 4- 3 in the final. The team played five games that week and was tired so it was great to carry it back home to show everyone with bragging rights and stories.