WTTH the Terrace River Kings sporting a chance to win as provincial senior men’s AA hockey on home ice in the Coy Cup starting March 22, fans can turn out to a pep rally to cheer on the team.
Being held at Terrace Totem Ford on Keith Ave., the pep rally begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday.
There will be food available through a Mr. Mike’s barbecue and at noon, several dignitaries will be making short remarks and donning River Kings jerseys.
Among those making remarks will be Skeena – Bukley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.
He will be in the unique position of being a Member of Parliament who represents a riding with two teams in the tournament – the River Kings as well as the Smithers Steelheads.
The provincial representative for Skeena, Robin Austin, will be out of town and not at the pep rally but has already sent his best wishes.
“It is very exciting for Terrace to be hosting the Coy Cup this year and while we will all be rooting for our hometown favourites, the River Kings, we just hope for a terrific competition and thank all those who will attend – whether they be participants or spectators,” said Austin.
Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc, was at last year’s rally and she will be there this year as well.
“It’s exciting that the River Kings had such a strong team this year, she said.
Leclec was particularly pleased with the the development of young players.
“They become such good role models for the 12 and 13 year olds,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the Kitsumkalum First Nation will be Sharon Bryant.
As a special treat for young fans, Lynne Nordstrom, who has been taking photos of the River Kings throughout the season, has prepared player cards for autographing.
“Lots of the boys came up through Terrace minor hockey so this is a great way to make that connection with the community,” she said.