Atom Blues need your vote

Ian Jacques/Editor / Staff writer
November 23, 2012 01:00 AM

The Sunshine Coast Atom Blues need your vote to help them win one of 10 $2,000 travel grants.

Best Buy has partnered with BC Hockey to help minor hockey teams get a jump on the upcoming hockey season. Because cost can sometimes get in the way of great potential, they are giving minor hockey teams a chance to score one of 10 grants worth $2,000 cash each.

The Blues have set up their team profile on the website ( and between now and Dec. 6, people can log into the site and register a vote every day. As of Sunday night, Nov. 18, the Blues had 1,716 votes and were ranked ninth among teams.

A judging panel, featuring representatives from BC Hockey and Best Buy, will pick 20 finalists based on the teams that receive the most votes. Ten winners will then be selected to receive a grant of $2,000. The ten runner-up teams will receive a Vancouver Canucks jersey and a $250 Best Buy gift card to use for fundraising purposes.

Random draws will also be held for those who vote. Up for grabs are Vancouver Canucks game tickets in the famed Best Buy Club.

UBC third in Canada West

Madeira Park's Joe Antilla has helped the University of British Columbia men's hockey team to an 8-3-1 start and third place in the Canada West.

Antilla has one goal and seven assists in 12 games with the Thunderbirds, his first season at UBC after a successful Western Hockey League stint, including a trip to the Memorial Cup with the Kootenay Ice.

UBC won two last weekend 5-2 and 2-1 at home against the University of Manitoba. This weekend UBC travels to Edmonton for a pair against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

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