Hockey Canada Century Tour: Butlin honoured with Hero of Play

With the arrival of the Century Tour caravan, Hockey Canada will celebrate 100 years of hockey with Greater Trail residents.

With the arrival of the Century Tour caravan, Hockey Canada will celebrate 100 years of hockey with Greater Trail residents on Wednesday and Thursday at the Trail Memorial Centre, and will recognize one individual for her dedication and support of hockey in Trail.

The Canadian Tire Hero of Play award will be presented to Trail’s Brenda Butlin at the Hockey Canada caravan on Wednesday, for her years of volunteer work with the Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association (GTMHA). Butlin’s son Brandon played his hockey in Trail and with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in 2012-13 before heading off for university, but that did not stop her from continuing to volunteer her time to minor hockey.

“It’s always easy to find parent-volunteers that might be willing to take the role, but at the same time finding non-parent people, I think those individuals need some recognition,” said GTMHA president Donal Park.

The Century Tour will roll into Trail Tuesday night, and be active from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday with a variety of interactive displays and hockey artifacts, including a section dedicated to the Trail Smoke Eaters.

“It’s a lot of fun, and the trailer is pretty impressive,” said Hockey Canada communications lead Charlotte Coulson. “There’s a big focus on Trail inside of our interactive trailer so it’s going to be pretty cool for the locals.”

“It’s always fun when we go into a community and have a local tie-in like that, everyone gets pretty excited and we’re excited to get there.”

The Hero of Play award will be presented to Butlin at 5:30 p.m. below the mural at the Trail Memorial Centre on Wednesday.