World Cup of Hockey – Future Goals Showcase
The World Cup of Hockey has made a comeback, bringing the international presence and global magnitude of hockey to the great city of Toronto. To celebrate the tournament, the Air Canada Centre welcomed 9,000 students from across Toronto — coming as far as four hours away — to the Future Goals Showcase hosted by Kevin Weekes and Evanka Osmak. The event was the perfect kickoff to the beginning of the World Cup of Hockey 2016!
This field trip for Future Goals – Hockey Scholars is one that can be labeled as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After a parade of flags from the participating countries in the tournament, the showcase was kicked off by NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, who spoke on the importance of STEM education, as well as the World Cup of Hockey tournament. Rob Zamuner joined Bill Daly, speaking on what it’s like to play for Team Canada and his current role, representing the NHLPA. With buzz already filling the arena, Toronto Maple Leafs President, local legend, and decorated winger Brendan Shanahan took the stage. Students heard inspiring advice from the three-time Stanley Cup champion, and also the importance of not only education, but understanding the global impact surrounding the game of hockey.
Dan Craig — NHL Senior Director of Facility Operations — spoke to students about the playing surface, explaining the delicate process of ice making and the laying of logos and lines. He was followed by Charlie Marshall, who introduced the exciting Supponor technology and how it creates virtual signage on the boards during television broadcasts. After covering careers in STEM, the Future Goals Showcase started an All-Star competition and welcomed members of the Toronto Furies, allowing students to hear from women’s professional hockey players and understanding gender diversity in the game.
It wouldn’t be a hockey event without some game action! A local Minor Hockey team, the Toronto Marlboros, competed in three different events: Fastest Skater, Relay Challenge, and a Shootout. Toronto students were instructed to go crazy and cheer on the best minor leaguers in the area, filling the arena with full-on excitement that was comparable to the NHL’s All-Star Skills Challenge. Members of the Finnish hockey team — Pekka Rinne, Mikko Koivu, and Leo Komarov — made an appearance at the end, followed by a huge thank-you from our hosts for everyone’s attendance and support for the World Cup of Hockey!
Click here for a video recap of this exciting event!