NEWS RELEASE · 27th February 2011
Ministry of Finance
The provincial government has proclaimed Feb. 28, 2011 as "Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Brent Seabrook, Roberto Luongo and Shea Weber Day" as part of a program to recognize British Columbia's medal-winning athletes from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, announced Deputy Premier Colin Hansen today.
"The Olympic Games left Canadians with a wide range of highly emotional memories," said Hansen. "But perhaps what we will remember the Games most for is Sidney Crosby's golden goal and the critical role these men played on that Gold-medal winning team."
The five hockey players were a part of Canada's Men's Olympic Hockey team that won the Gold medal on the final day of the Olympics. Duncan Keith played minor and junior hockey in the Okanagan, Scott Niedermayer grew up in Cranbrook, Brent Seabrook is from Tsawwassen, Robert Luongo currently resides in Vancouver and Shea Weber was born and raised in Sicamous. "These five players demonstrated the characteristics of Olympic champions," said Lieutenant Governor Steven Point. "They were members of a very strong team and surpassed the heavy expectations of an entire nation en route to winning the Gold medal."
In total eight proclamations will be made by the Province recognizing 17 British Columbian athletes who won medals individually or as members of a team and those who served as volunteers during the Olympics or Paralympics.
The full list of proclamations includes:
* Maelle Ricker Day (Feb. 16, 2011)
* Ashleigh McIvor Day (Feb. 23, 2011)
* Chris Le Bihan and Denny Morrison Day (Feb. 27, 2011)
* Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Brent Seabrook, Roberto Luongo and Shea Weber Day (Feb. 28, 2011)
* Josh Dueck and Lindsay Debou Day (March 13, 2011)
* Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska Day (March 15, 2011)
* Ina Forrest, Jim Armstrong, Sonja Gaudet and Darryl Neighbour Day (March 20, 2011)
* Olympic and Paralympic Blue Jacket Volunteers Day (March 21, 2011)
Comment by Barry English on 28th February 2011
If pushed, I might be able to recognize the names of possibly 3 "olympic athletes" that are being given special days. Sheesh! Does our Ministry of Finance have nothing to do but spin wheels and make inane pronouncements until Christy takes over?
The olympics might have been a crowning achievement for Vancouver, or Whistler but they didn't help us in the North at all, and they were finished more than a year ago. It is long past time for the powers that be in Victoria to get on with the job of governing our province instead of just making inane proclamations that mean little or nothing at all.