2016 Esso Minor Hockey Week Opening Ceremonies
On Friday Janury 8, 2016 the Calgary International Pin Club was invited by Hockey Calgary to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of 2016 Minor Hockey week along with a half a dozen other organizations including the Calgary Flames and Stars Air Ambulance. Hockey Calgary provided table space for pin trading, buying, selling and displays. The event took place in the upper concourse of Arena 1 and was attended by four CIPC members. Representatives from Hockey Calgary, Hockey Alberta, all the minor hockey clubs, and mascotts. Approximately 1,000 people attended the event. The members who attended presented pin displays of the Hockey Hall of fame, Esso Minor Hockey pins, Ringette tournament pins, and a Wayne Gretzky pin display. As this was the first appearance of the pin club at this event the public didn't expect pins to be available and no one brought pins. A few pins were sold. There was lively discussion regarding hockey pins and pin collecting in general. The club participation was viewed favourable by both Hockey Calgary and Hockey Alberta which boads well for the club to become involved in future hockey events.
Here are pictures taken during the event.