Rogers Hometown Hockey dropped in to visit PGSS on Friday. The school impressed the TV show's organizers with the amount of food the staff and students raised in their Fill The Net Challenge and how active the Polars were at promoting the visit of the hockey show to Prince George.
Part of the festivities at PGSS included an assembly hosted by RHTH master of ceremonies Nic Bayley and mascot Hometown Hank.
A panel of special guest speakers also took the stage to speak to the hundreds of students assembled in Vanier Hall – the first capacity crowd in the city's premier school auditorium since the breakout of COVID-19. They each talked about their personal experiences with sports and how that helped shape who they are now, and how they now give back to community through sports and other positive activities.
The panelists included (from left to right, as you face the stage):
Kyle Anderson (Spruce Kings business operations manager; chief umpire for PG Youth Baseball Association), Pat Bonnett (two-time Grey Cup winner with the Montreal Alouettes, PGSS football coach),
Justin Fillion (hockey player with Michigan Tech and Spruce Kings; once played for Team Canada in both hockey AND baseball; PGSS Indigenous Education teacher), and RJay Berra (former Spruce King, Marian University hockey player, played professionally for the Edinburgh Capitals; PGSS teacher).
RHTH will be around the Lheidli T'enneh territory for the weekend and Monday. Go to their website for a full slate of their activities and how you can encounter such beloved celebrities as Ron MacLean, Tara Slone and Kirk McLean.
*** Respecting the beautiful unceded ancestral lands, culture and people of the Lheidli T'enneh, McLeod Lake Indian Band and Simpcw First Nation.