Penticton, BC

Save Pond Hockey Event - January 2022

As a result of COVID, the Stonewall and Penticton event had to be cancelled at the last minute, but for months during the planning stages, the communities were engaged and thinking about emission reduction and sustainability activities in their communities. For example, in Stonewall, the local high school worked with a local construction company to source used timber to use to build pond hockey nets for the event. In Penticton, a local “ride to the rink” was planned to promote active transportation and carpooling. In both communities, detailed event sustainability plans were developed which can be adapted for future events. 

The BC Hockey League has been chosen to host a Save Pond Hockey event as part of the league’s 60th Anniversary outdoor weekend in Penticton, British Columbia January 14 to 16, 2022.

As part of the event, Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser and a group of other special guests will participate in the weekend’s festivities and share the message of action against climate change.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hayley Wickenheiser and her hockey colleagues to our 60th Anniversary event in Penticton,” said BCHL Deputy Commissioner Steven Cocker. “Pond hockey is an example of our game in its purest form and, with our event taking place outdoors, it seemed like the perfect fit to partner with them and help spread such an important message around climate change. We feel honoured to be one of two Canadian communities selected for such an event.”

“We would like to congratulate the community of Penticton for being chosen as a Save Pond Hockey event host,” said Mike Gerbis, CEO of GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group. “These events will give us the inspiration and tools to take action on climate change and save our winter sports.”