'Hockey brings this country closer together more than anything else'

Wes Stankoven of Kamloops, B.C., is this week's Our Game star for his contribution to the Community, making him eligible to win tickets to the Stanley Cup Final.

You can hear the excitement and pride in Wes Stankoven's voice when he talks about Canadian hockey.

His favourite memory: Team Canada's gold medal victory at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

"Right after we won that gold medal, everyone was out on the streets, they were blowing horns, banging pots, celebrating," Stankoven says. "You don't see that very often, but it happens with hockey.

"Hockey brings this country closer together than anything else."

It's certainly a staple in the Stankoven family home in Kamloops, B.C. The father of 6-year-old Logan played minor hockey growing up, and his son has certainly caught the bug.

Logan plays twice a week with his minor hockey association, where he's coached by dad. He also plays with the Kamloops Ice Pirates, a program outside of minor hockey that runs 10 months a year for kids "who really love hockey and can't get enough ice time," Stankoven says.

"My son Logan loves every minute of it."

He's not the only one.

Stankoven, who is vice president of the Pirates organization, has been sharing his passion for hockey through the Our Game community, where he's posted pictures of Logan's hockey action.

For his efforts, he has been named this week's Our Game Star. It means Stankoven will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada, and he's also eligible to win tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Whether they're at the games or not, you can bet the Stankoven family will be tuning in — and then re-playing moments of the game in the basement.

"We play a lot of mini sticks," Stankoven says. "Hockey really is a passion and a lifestyle for our family," he adds

"Whether it's playing mini sticks with your kids, pick up hockey on a frozen pond, street hockey with some friends, or in your backyard with a homemade rink, it's all about hockey which makes us all proud Canadians."

Find out how you can become an Our Game Star.