By Gareth Gilson
As the weather gets colder and thoughts turn to Christmas parties and time off work with family, Shamrocks’ Head Coach Bob Heyes, Captain Matt Yager and top goal scorer, Rhys Duch, talk about what the holidays mean to the.
Bob Heyes: “The last few years we have taken in a play at Chemainus Theatre— which I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy at the time— but, now look forward to every year. We rotate having a big Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. Then Christmas morning is visiting family around Victoria and upisland. It is always about family with lots of storytelling, memories, and great food. I also look forward to the World Junior Hockey Tournament starting on Boxing Day; maybe Santa Claus will find me a couple of tickets for a game in Victoria this year!”
Matt Yager: “As a kid leading up to Christmas, we would often drive around and check out Christmas lights. Now it’s a walk around Butchart Gardens, followed by hot beverages at my parents’ house. My favourite part is Christmas breakfast: we all get up and open our stockings, followed by bacon, eggs, potatoes, and Grandma Yager’s baking!”
Rhys Duch: “On Christmas Eve, we open our Christmas boxes that include new pyjamas and a new ornament specific to something special from the previous year. It’s all about the presents and spending time with family.”