A favourite local hockey son is scheduled to join other NHL Alumni this May for the biggest NHL alumni event to hit the Okanagan in years.
Osoyoos native Chuck Kobasew, who grew up playing hockey in the South Okanagan before embarking on an NHL career and playing more than 600 games with five different teams, will be joining other Edmonton Oilers and NHL alumni in the inaugural South Okanagan Pics & Sticks Charity Event.
“We are excited to have Chuck Kobasew join us for our Charity Hockey Game on May 15 at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC),” the charity event reports on its website. “Chuck grew up in Osoyoos and played the majority of his youth hockey with the Osoyoos Heat, Penticton Panthers and the Kelowna Rockets.”
Pics and Sticks is now less than two months away.
Hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Edmonton Oilers Alumni and former NHL player Kevin Primeau, now an Osoyoos realtor, the May 15-16 event will give fans the opportunity to play alongside NHL alumni like Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low and country music’s Dallas Smith, Aaron Pritchett and Chad Brownlee — on the ice and on the golf course.
The event encompasses the whole South Okanagan, with much of the festivities to be held at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip — including a golf tournament at Sonora Dunes and a banquet and concert featuring the country music stars — and the charity hockey game slated for the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.
Proceeds raised will be returned to the South Okanagan community through local efforts undertaken by several other provincial and national charities, among them Osoyoos-based Spirit of the Game.
Tickets to the charity hockey game — at just $16 each — can be purchased at a local participating business, through minor hockey teams, or directly online at south-okanagan-pics-sticks-charity-hockey-game.
There are also spots available for local business people and individuals to play in the charity hockey game. Be sure to check out the sponsorship packages for this opportunity. To learn more, visit gordbamfordfoundation.com.
South Okanagan Minor Hockey is also benefitting. Teams from Osoyoos to West Kelowna are selling tickets to the event — and raising money for their programs by earning $6 for each ticket sold.
One of the teams selling tickets will be invited to participate in the charity hockey game. Local minor hockey will also benefit with scholarships awarded to local youth.
Five additional teams will be invited to a private autograph session featuring the NHL Alumni.