What a great celebration in West Kelowna to start the new BCHL season! With a wonderful crowd filling Royal LePage Place, the stage was set. Right from the introduction of the new team, the night just kept rolling. The Triple Crown trophies came out, our RBC shutout winning goaltender Matt Greenfield was introduced along with mighty mites Brendan and Kaylene Ritchie (the heart of Warrior fandom), and we were off and running! After Brendan, Kaylene and Matt dropped the official opening faceoff (which by the way was awesome),
I was honoured to sing our National Anthem with Mike Schell’s Uptown Hornz backing me up. They were just fabulous and I totally enjoyed singing with them playing. It just seemed like Royal LePage Place was electric that night, with the cheering and the buzz of the crowd. I am quite sure that Warrior Nation left the arena on September 9th with a memory that will never be forgotten in West Kelowna history.
As I write this post today, I just finished my first Warriors chapel of the young season, meeting many players for the very first time. 21 young men and myself gathered together and spent about 25 minutes chatting, eating pizza and finishing with a team prayer. I look forward to a wonderful season of Warriors hockey, including many times meeting with players and fans one-on-one, laughing, lifting and encouraging. Oh and…. I’ll always offer to say a prayer with you, because that’s just who I am.
God bless you all,
Chaplain Don Richmond