Ever dreamed of playing hockey with
the NHL pros? Well some dreams really can come true,
least that's what North Van's Todd and Kirsten Harkins believe.
Their dream is to find a cure for their seven-year-old son
is suffering from a rare disease known as MPS. So, in order
to raise money for approval of a new drug, they put together
the first ever MPS CUP Fantasy Hockey Game and Gala. Last
Saturday, local players got a chance to suit up with some
big names during
an afternoon charity game at the North Shore Winter Club,
after which, everyone headed to the Deep Cove Yacht Club
for a gala evening.
Earlier that afternoon, local Esso
retailers were busy raising money for the
United Way’s Success By 6 initiative and the Ismaili
Walk 2003. Customer appreciation day at the Dollarton location
into a $12,000 drive for charity and an afternoon of fun including
hot dogs, prizes, live music and free flowers for the ladies.
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today to NYR goalie "Captain
Kirk" McLean (left) who gave up netminding this day
to play out with Dallas Stars' winger Pat Verbeek.
|Todd Harkins' career
with Calgary and Hartford was rewarding, but nowhere
near as important as the role he now plays in the fight
for son Nicklas's life. Together the duo took to the
ice and thrilled the fans.
|West Van resident, and
former NHL'er, Paul
Reinhart (left) teamed up with Toronto Maple Leaf's Gary
Nylund for some
fancy footwork for the white team.
|Joe Laleggia (left),
former Canuck Tony Tanti and Chris Bouchard could have
called themselves "The Blue Streaks" the way they raced
down the ice.
|Volunteer Doya Sakata
was happy to take donations at the door for this extremely
|Tom Lennox and son Connor,
who also plays hockey, came out to watch their favourite,
namely Dave Babych.
||Esso fundraiser Karim
Chandani, seen here with Olga Pigeon, is always fighting
for a good cause.
||How can you resist these
faces? Collecting donations for Success by Six were Tara
Slevin (left) and Jamie Redmond.
||Playing parking lot
volleyball were Sprite Ice Team members Laura Balsor
(left), Luis Duarte and Sr. Esso Assoc. Manager Jean
||Famous Canuck Dave Babych
had a busy day. Seen here with son Cal (left) and his
friend Keagan Jones, "Babs" later suited up with the
guys at the NS Winter Club, scoring goals for the MPS
||Fe Greenberg and her
daughter Alexandra decided to get into the theme with
a little face painting.
||Band leader Ron Smith
and the "Fiveuvus" dixieland/jazz group had them dancing
in the streets, literally.