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Kirk McLean Honourary Chair of CARHA 2023

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:00 PDT, Fri March 17, 2023

Last Updated: 11:01 PDT, Fri March 17, 2023

Kirk McLean, a former Vancouver Canucks for 10-plus years (achieved the Vezina Trophy Finalist recognition as the NHL’s top goaltender, named to two NHL all-star games and led the Canucks to a seventh game in the 1994 Stanley Cup finals) has been name 2023 Honourary Chair of the Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup being held in Richmond, March 19 to 26.

“Kirk McLean is a fantastic representation of the Richmond and Vancouver area. He has ties to the area given his long and successful career with the Vancouver Canucks and his philanthropic connections to this community.  His enthusiasm for the CARHA Hockey World Cup was evident during our first visit to Richmond in the original bid process. Kirk being involved in the CARHA Hockey World Cup is a unique and exciting opportunity for participants to engage with a former NHL great,” says Lori Lopez, Executive Director of the CARHA Hockey World Cup.

“The game of hockey has always brought people together in Canada, so I am excited to be the Honourary Chair of the CARHA Hockey World Cup, an event that manages to do so on an international scale,” says McLean, current Ambassador for the Vancouver Canucks. “As someone who has been involved in hockey in this community for a long time, it is easy to imagine the impact it will have on the passionate hockey fans of Richmond and Vancouver, and I look forward to this event capturing the attention and imagination of the community throughout the week of the CARHA Hockey World Cup.”

Since his retirement from the NHL, McLean has been heavily involved in the hockey community, also spending time as a goaltending coach, a broadcaster and a part-owner of the Burnaby Express in the British Columbia Hockey League. He’s a natural fit for the role of Honourary Chair.  

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