Russia and Slovakia in friendly tilt

Canadian hockey fans looking to get a sneak peak at what awaits the host country when the 2010 Winter Olympics kick off for good get an opportunity on torch run day.

Russia and Slovakia’s women’s national hockey teams are set to square off in an exhibition tilt at the Langley Events Centre on Monday, Feb. 8.

And while Russia is in pool B, opposite the Canadian side, Slovakia is grouped with Canada and gets the honour of being the host country’s first opponent when the Games get going for real on Saturday,

Feb. 13.

“This is an amazing opportunity for sports, fans, families, and all those who want to catch the spirit of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to see some live pre-Olympic action,” said Township of Langley Councillor Jordan Bateman, who is chair of the Langley Torch Relay Committee.

The game, which sees the puck drop at 7 p.m., caps off a day full of activities at the Langley Events Centre, including the arrival of the Olympic torch and the lighting of the official cauldron.

“This will be a really special day for our community and being able to host a hockey game between two Olympic teams is the perfect way to conclude it,” said Jared Harman, the Langley Event Centre’s manager of marketing and sales.

“We are anticipating a full house that will get to take part in an exciting and unique experience.”

The Russian side is ranked sixth by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), while the Slovaks come into the Olympics ranked 15th.

And the team is in the record books for the 82-0 thumping they laid on Bulgaria, which qualifies as the largest margin of victory in the history of professional hockey.

That came back in September 2008 in an Olympic Games qualifier match.

Just Posted

LETTER: Interurban ideas based on nostalgia not modern passenger needs

Fraser Valley Regional District needs to be included in the planning, a Langley man contends.

Man with gunshot wound walks into Langley hospital

Multiple police units responded to report

PHOTOS: Aldergrove Fair kicks off with 10th anniversary show n’ shine

The 107th annual Aldergrove Fair kicked off with some showy vehicles on… Continue reading

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

Most Read