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Women’s hockey draft next week

The Whistler Women’s Hockey League is getting ready to drop the puck for the season, and all six teams are looking for new players.

There will be a league draft on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m., at Meadow Park Arena. Come dressed to play and scrimmage, with skates, full protective gear and sticks. The cost is $10 to cover the ice time.

"All the teams are drafting this year, and we need lots of players and goalies," said league coordinator Christine Kenny. "We’re mostly looking for players with some experience. Never-evers are welcome to come out but they have to be committed to put in the time before the seasons starts, go to drop-in and things like that. The level of the league is definitely well above beginner level now and it’s pretty fast."

The first part of the draft will consist of a few drills, followed by a scrimmage to 9:15 p.m. where the teams can watch skaters in action. Players will be contacted if they are drafted.

Players must pre register if they want to be part of the draft. To get your name on the list contact Christine Kenny at chris27@hotmail.com or 604-935-3145.

Pemberton man closer to meeting the Great One

The golden rule of winning a lottery is that you have to "play to win", which also happens to be Wayne Gretzky’s strategy through his legendary hockey career. Both come in to play in the "Win a Great Day with Gretzky" instant win lottery, and Pemberton’s Murray Field is one of a handful of people who will have a chance to meet the player everyone knows as the Great One.

Field, a hockey player and fan, says his wife bought him the ticket. Once the remaining 13 other Gretzky tickets are found he will be put in a draw. There will be six winners, who also receive $2,010 in cash as well as signed Gretzky memorabilia.

The lottery is part of the B.C. Lottery Corporations SportsFunder series, which raises money for athletes and participation programs like Kidsport through different lotteries. The "Win a Great Day with Gretzky" tickets are $5, with prizes ranging from $99,000 in cash to a chance to meet Gretzky himself.

"My wife bought me the ticket and when I saw that it was a winner I was totally pumped," said Field. "I’m very involved in hockey, as both a ref and a player, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to meet Gretzky."

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