Hockey with Heart

Team Ovintiv played a pivotal role in forging a unique partnership with the Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation, Tourism Dawson Creek and the Western Hockey League—bringing the community together to celebrate youth in sport.

The Western Hockey League Exhibition Series invited two of the biggest franchises in the Western Hockey League—the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Prince George Cougars—to Dawson Creek, BC, to play a two-game series at the Encana Events Centre.

The event, which was sponsored by Ovintiv, helped to raise more than $30,000 for the purchase of operating room equipment at the Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation. The funds were raised due in part to our sponsorship and the overwhelming support of the community who participated in the Hospital Foundation Fundraising Gala, purchased game tickets and entered 50/50 draws.

The Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation raises funds for crucial patient care equipment and other special programs that provide the finest care possible for the community and area. Ovintiv has partnered with the Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation since 2004.

In addition to raising funds, players from both teams took part in a full day of community outreach on the Friday between the exhibition games. ‘Fabulous Friday’ included players reading stories at the local library, school classroom visits, hospital visits, serving coffee at Tim Hortons and running the checkouts at Safeway.

“This is another example of working with our partners and creating an event that is not seen in any other market,” said Spectra Venue Management’s Ryan MacIvor, general manager of the Encana Events Centre and Tourism Dawson Creek.