Kirk McLean honourary chair of CARHA 2020

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:38 PST, Wed December 4, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

A Vancouver Canucks’ favourite will be the honourary chair for the Molson Canadian CARHA Hockey World Cup 2020 in Richmond.

Kirk McLean, who starred for the Canucks for 10-plus years with the team during which he was twice a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top goaltender, was also named to two NHL all-star games and led the club to a seventh game in the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.

Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 1984, before being traded to Vancouver in 1987, he also spent time with the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers before his retirement in 2001. 

“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 site 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. 

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