Boston Pizza's "Canuck for a Day" & Family Skate

Thirty-four Vancouver Kids to Sign One-Day Contracts with the Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, Jan. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - On Sunday, January 22nd, 34 lucky youngsters signed one-day contracts with the Vancouver Canucks. Selected by Boston Pizza, the Preferred Family Restaurant of the Vancouver Canucks, these future NHLers were the inaugural "Canuck for a Day" group to get a taste of what it's like to play in the big leagues; including a realistic signing experience, access to the team dressing room and ice time with Canucks' Alumni. Following the signings, the arena was open to contest runner-ups for a family skate.

"We are very excited to be working with the Vancouver Canucks to give these 34 up-and-coming Vancouver all-stars the chance to join the Canucks organization," says James Kawalecki, Director of Marketing, Boston Pizza. A sentiment echoed by the Canucks team themselves: "For the kids coming out here it's exciting for them, and for us it's the same thing," says Erik Gudbranson, Vancouver Canucks defenseman, "we all grew up with dreams of playing in the NHL so it's great to be able to work with Boston Pizza to give these kids a taste of what that's like to be a Canuck."

The NHLer for a Day event will also be held in Edmonton with the Edmonton Oilers on February 5 and in Calgary with the Calgary Flames on February 25.

Raw footage from Sunday's event including commentary from Erik Gudbranson, NHLer for a Day winners and Boston Pizza's spokesperson is available on request.

About Boston Pizza
Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 370 restaurants in Canada and more than $1 billion in sales. Annually, Boston Pizza serves more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. Boston Pizza believes that strong role models inspire kids to be great, and in 2014, the Boston Pizza Foundation created Future Prospects to help support organizations that mentor kids to reach their full potential. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For more information, visit

SOURCE Boston Pizza International Inc.

For further information: Casey Angland, High Road for Boston Pizza International,, 416-644-2239

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