Saturday, February 2, 2013

Chad Brownlee to Open WCC

Press Release

The Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to announce that Chad Brownlee will open the 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

Brownlee, a former Vernon Viper, Vancouver Canucks draft pick and 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards Rising Star winner, will take the stage at the Beban Social Center Friday, April 26 following the WCC Opening Ceremonies.

Clippers head coach Mike Vandekamp was behind the Vernon Vipers bench during Brownlee's BCHL playing days and has kept in touch over the years.  "I had the opportunity to call Chad and speak with him about attending our event," said Vandekamp. "He is looking forward to coming back to his hockey roots as a musician. He recognized right away the magnitude of this inaugural event and is very excited to be part of it."

Brownlee will be joined by local band Braeden Marshal, Father and Sons Rock Trio.

ALL TICKETS available by phone (250-751-0593) or at the Nanaimo Clippers Office at Beban House (2290 Bowen Road). Tickets are $40.

Notes on Chad Brownlee

    Vernon Vipers defenceman 2001-2003
    Career 113 GP-14G-28A-125PIMS
    Drafted by Vancouver Canucks 6th round, 109th overall
    NCAA Minnesota State - Mankato 2003-2007
    Idaho Steelheads, ECHL 2007-2008
    NCAA Hockey Humanitarian award for his song 'The Hero I See.' The song, written in memory of a boy who lost his battle with leukemia, raised thousands of dollars for the Anthony Ford Foundation which helps underprivileged kids play hockey
    2011 CCMA Horizon Award Winner
    2012 CCMA Male Artist of the Year Nominee
    Just completed the SOLD OUT Boys of Fall Tour with Dallas Smith.

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