CARHA reaches out to community through special CAN night

By Don Fennell

Published 2:06 PST, Tue February 4, 2020

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

Anticipation is building as the hockey community prepares to gather in Richmond next month for a memorable showcase of global talent.

But the goals of the CARHA Hockey World Cup aren’t limited to the ice.

On Jan. 30, CARHA in conjunction with one of its community partners—the Richmond Sockeyes Junior Hockey Club—hosted a special evening dedicated to promoting acceptance and inclusion of autism through community engagement.

During an intermission scrimmage, members of the Canucks Autism Network wore World Cup jerseys helping to remind fans of the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup March 29 to April 5.

“It’s one more way to give back to the community and ensure that the tournament has a legacy after we leave Richmond,” says CARHA spokesperson Tyler Broderick.

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) was founded in 2008 by Vancouver Canucks co-owners Paolo and Clara Aquilini. It is dedicated to providing programs to individuals with autism and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives throughout the province.

The 2020 CARHA World Cup is also supporting KidSport. It will be sponsoring a table at the Richmond KidSport gala Creating Community Champions Feb. 28 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Lucy Peeling, tournament manager for the CARHA World Cup, says it is important to support local causes while “exposing our participants to causes such as CAN and KidSport, our two charities of choice, and highlighting just how impactful these organizations are to the area.”

“The hockey community is one that bands together and we hope that shows through our integration of these charities into our event,” Peeling says.

Some 140 teams from 15 different countries are set to participate in the 2020 CARHA Hockey World, a unique opportunity for lovers of hockey from around the globe to connect for a week of fun on and off the ice.

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