[Editor's Note: In case you didn't know, the Islanders-Canucks preseason game in Terrace, B.C., is part of the annual "Hockeyville" designation that, among other things, brings an NHL preseason game and arena upgrades to a different Canadian community each year.
Fortunately for us, we've got a man on the ground -- user BCISLEMAN -- who will be bringing us a series of reports from the home of hockey. His description of what's to come continues after the jump...]
In the midst of a primeval rain forest nestled in the Skeena River valley between the Hazleton and Coastal Mountains of northwest British Columbia lies the sleepy little town of Terrace...
The area is home to the Tsimshian First Nation peoples whose ancestors were the first known human inhabitants of North America many thousands of years ago. The Skeena, known to the Tsimshian as the K'shian or "water from the clouds" brought them sustenance and wealth long before names like Moses, Plato, Confucius, Jesus, or Mohammed were known in other places. Their totem heads of raven, bear, orca, salmon and others offer mute testimony to their partnership with nature.
It is here that I moved in 2006 and it is here that some men calling themselves Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Finns, Russians, Czechs, and Slovaks will come in a few days to represent teams called the Islanders and Canucks and play a game called ice hockey.
It is rumored that one of them is named John Tavares and that another is named Bryan Trottier. What better place than the birthplace of North American human history for a team to begin its rebirth?
I will submit a number of posts over the next few days regarding Terrace, the Hockeyville experience, and, with any luck, some interaction with our heroes. Hopefully the power of the naxnox (Raven) will be with them!