Playoff season has begun

Sunshine Coast Blues Hockey

Ten-year-old Parker Joseph and his father have come out to all the Midget A home games this year. Parker brings his popcorn with him and watches the play intently. 

When the players and coaches heard about this young fan’s dedication, they decided they wanted to buy him a Blues hockey shirt to show him their appreciation for his support.

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For Parker’s 10th birthday he wanted to bring some of his friends to the game but unfortunately the game against Seattle was cancelled due to snow. The following week it was again cancelled due to snow. 

It all came together for the first playoff game of the year. Parker was able to meet the players before the game, and when the team took the ice, he gave each of the players a fist pump on their way onto the ice. 

He was then able to don a helmet and go onto the players’ bench and help out while the players warmed up for the game. 

Once the game started up, he took up his usually position in the stands with his dad and this time was accompanied by his friend Peter Morton. It was a great game and at the end of the second period it was 2-1 for the Sunshine Coast over Aldergrove. 

During the second period intermission both boys had two ducks to throw during the Duck Toss, and Parker’s friend Peter was the closest duck to claim the prize. 

They made an agreement before the toss to share the rewards if either of them won, so they both got to share in the spoils of victory. 

Parker was also interviewed during the second intermission by Brady Lynn and Steve Partridge from Eastlink Community TV who commentate the game. 

The third penalty was exciting with Aldergrove tying it up early before the Coast pulled ahead with around eight minutes to go. The Coast kept up their pressure to win their first playoff game in exciting fashion.

What a great way to finish off a wonderful hockey experience for Parker, the Sunshine Coast Midget A Blues super fan.

Eastlink TV will be covering the full Midget A playoff series, including the away game in Aldergrove, next Saturday (in partnership with Delta Cable) and the home game again on Sunday if necessary. 

– Submitted by Melissa Tripp

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