Mr. Speaker, Hockey Canada Week is November 8 to 15 when hockey will be promoted and celebrated at the national, provincial, territorial and local levels.
Hockey is at the heart of our Canadian identity, forging a link between Canadians from sea to sea to sea.
Nineteenth century explorer, Sir John Franklin, saw ice hockey played as early as October 1825 on Grey Goose Lake on the outskirts of Deline in the Northwest Territories.
A small aboriginal community of 700, Deline currently boasts several hockey teams.
In Canada there are over four million amateur hockey volunteers teaching our youth important values like team work, perseverance and courage.
Hockey helps build communities.
Hockey Canada delivers hockey development programs in Canada aiming for an ongoing supply of amazing hockey players for Canadians to cheer and be proud of.
I ask everyone to enjoy Canada Hockey Week.