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Fantasy Hockey and Esso Success by Six

June 21, 2003

By Catherine Barr


Ever dreamed of playing hockey with the NHL pros? Well some dreams really can come true, at 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 Nicklas, who 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 turned 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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Happy Bithday 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 important cause.
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 Dubuc.
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 charity game.
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.


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