GENEROUS NHL Vancouver Canuck, Mason Raymond, signs the jersey of lucky local 5-year-old, Tristan McIntosh. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Pioneer Staff

Local skaters and hockey players were treated to a one-on-one visit by Vancouver Canuck Mason Raymond, when he stopped by to help open The Garage, a new dryland training facility for local skaters that is the first of its kind in the region.

The 7,500 square foot facility is located near Dry Gulch on 10 acres of land, and will offer both indoor and outdoor training specific to all types of skaters. The two-level refurbished garage holds exercise equipment designed to target on-ice skills.

The facility is a joint venture of local personal trainers, Lexi McIntosh and Tamela Hart, who said they hope the new workout centre will bring a high-quality level of instruction at a price thats affordable to all parents. The Garage has signed on to train the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team, and is in talks with a number of other teams who regularly hit the ice to train.

On August 28th, Mason Raymond visited with local hockey players and signed autographs, including his own NHL stick and jersey, to help with the facility.

Mason was so generous and so kind, Lexi said. It was a really nice way to celebrate the upcoming season.