Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp
Each summer, Justin’s dad (Bob Bourne) hosts the Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp – a special event that has grown in crazy volumes since it’s introduction a few years back. The following are a few simple facts about the event, followed by a more thorough explanation of how the fun takes place!
A few years ago, Bob Bourne introduced the Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp to Kelowna, British Columbia. The
camp become a huge success, incorporating practices and games, golfing and gift bags, beer, wine, houseboating and story-telling. The participants in the four night camp were put up at the beautiful Cove Resort, accomodations included.
Attendees were greeted on the first day by Bob, sons and staff at check in with a gift bag that includes local wine of your choice, a golf shirt, and much more. The camp was, and is, sponsored by Okanagan Spring Brewery, who donated enough beer to supply a college frat for a semester. The meet and greet is hosted by John McKeachie, who does his half stand-up comedy/half emcee routine, the proceeds to introduce Bob Bourne, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Cliff Ronning, Billy Smith, Steve Shutt, Dave Semenko, Dale Hawerchuk, Ron Flockhart, Gary Nylund, Doug Bodger and Larry Melnyk.
The next day, the players walked in to this:
Their own jersey in home and away was hung beside Hall-of-Famers, with a stick, bag, gloves, namebars, laundry bags and all the fixin’s. The room was stocked like a professional dressing room – tape, toiletries and the works are provided.
The daily routine varies, but keeps along the lines of a morning practice led by one of the greats, a scrimmage, a meal and an event. The events include golf at the beautiful Gallaghers Canyon Golf and Country Club, and a day on Okanagan Lake, cruising on a houseboat with a dance floor and an open bar. Sadly, the dance floor does get used.
Also, a hot stove of story-telling, and then, towards the end, a final game for the VT cup. The VT cup (named after Bob’s father) twice has escaped my grasp, as the drafting is done after three hours of open bar, and having enforcers play defense on my team (Gillies and Semenko) might not be the most effective way to stop the likes of Cliff Ronning.
The camp is a personal experience packed full of stories and we continue to hear phrases like “best week of my life”. Once you’ve signed up, we do our best to keep your wallet in your jeans. The event is family friendly, as we provide a limo for any wives that want to go on the wine tour, and The Cove provides all-day events for kids, basically taking them out of their parents hands from 9-5 if they’re interested. Mission Hill Winery is five minutes away, shown here.
I don’t have all the pictures and information you need on my site. If you’re interested in the 2010 edition, check out the camps website, complete with plenty of pictures of last years camp. Last year the event raised $4500 for Cancer, $2000 for spinal cord research, and more for the local sledge hockey team (between ticket sales, memorabilia sales and program sales – all directly to charity). Check it out!