For more than 45 years, Simon Fraser University has nurtured the talents of student-athletes who have gone on to achieve great things in either aspect of that role, producing Rhodes Scholars and Olympians alike. Since winning its first championship in 1972—swimming and diving in men's NAIA—the Clan has claimed victory in more than 50 National NAIA or CIS championships in such sports as skiing, women's basketball, and women's wrestling. Each year, rather than honouring its athletes as in other schools' age-old traditions—sending them off on an ice floe to fight the Soviets—SFU bestows an outstanding male and female each with a highland sgian dubh, a traditional Gaelic weapon that symbolizes courage, respect, and loyalty.
Hockey Performance Centre develops the next generation of hockey stars using advanced training methods and decades of experience from former NHL players and veteran coaches. The facility relies primarily on the Benicky System, a training approach concocted by Dusan Benicky that zeroes in on individual skills and fundamentals. Having worked with dozens of the best NHL and international players, Benicky perfected his program by applying it within two environments: the gym and the skatemill. Players learn how to skate with power and shoot while in full stride.
Join the throngs of jerseyed fans and cheer on the Vancouver Giants as they attempt to maintain their team's cold tyranny with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smoldering eye contact. Now in their 10th-anniversary season, the Vancouver Giants are the 2006 Ed Chynoweth Cup (WHL) Champions and the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions, and they have won the WHL BC Division title the last five years in a row. Like a small family of feral Zambonis, the Giants make their chilly home at the Pacific Coliseum located on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds. Choose from any of the following hard-hitting games:
The same course that hosted some of Vancouver’s first horse-racing events in the 1890s today boasts such luxury amenities as a casino, lounge, and upscale dining options for attendees who file into the tiered grandstand. Hastings Racecourse fuels racing festivities with a slew of concession stands and five different dining spots, including Silks restaurant—known for its buffets and 9-inch table monitors. Lady Luck strolls through the gaming-floor area, passing by more than 600 slot machines before arriving in the lounge. Hastings Racecourse is also the home of Mario Gutiérrez, the winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
The Vancouver Canadians are the only affiliated minor-league team in Canada. As a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League between 1978 and 1999, they claimed three championships as well as a Triple-A World Series. In 2011, the Canadians became the Toronto Blue Jays? short-season class-A affiliate, taking home the Northwest League?s championship title that year, beginning a streak of three consecutive titles. The team plays its home games at Nat Bailey Stadium, which was built in 1951, a storied time in baseball when a hot dog cost a nickel and a tie was settled with a ten-step duel.
On September 9, 1979, more than 100,000 Whitecaps fans lined Robson Street to salute their hometown club. That day, the Whitecaps returned home after becoming Vancouver's first professional sports team to win a major North American championship: they had just defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies to claim the North American Soccer League title.
Since that first one, the franchise has won six additional titles–including four in a row from 1988–1991 while playing as the 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League. In fact, the club competed under that 86ers moniker until 2000. That year, spurred by public support and an unexplainable 'Caps logo beamed into the night sky, it re-emerged under its original Whitecaps identity. Today, the 21st-century incarnation of the club continues to battle for its first championship as part of Major League Soccer, where it began play in 2011.