Photos: Syrian refugees meet the Canucks

 

Syrian children were introduced to the joy of hockey before Saturday’s game in Vancouver

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Syrian refugee Dilsir Siljak, 12, holds up a puck that entered the seating area during St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice, after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.</div>
 

Syrian refugee Dilsir Siljak, 12, holds up a puck that entered the seating area during St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice, after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.

Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
<div id="page1">Syrian refugee Dilsir Siljak, 12, holds up a puck that entered the seating area during St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice, after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.</div>
Kirk McLean, Vancouver Canucks alumni, gives first hand instruction to Harout (left) and Shergo, both Syrian refugees who were part of the group of 24 touring Rogers Arena Saturday morning.
The Syrian children clearly adore Fin as they gathered around the Canucks famous mascot for hugs.
The Syrian children clearly adore Fin as they gathered around the Canucks famous mascot for hugs.
A young Syrian refugee girl takes one last look around at the equipment hanging in the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. She is one of 24 Syrians who attended a special tour of Rogers Arena made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS.
Federal Minister of Immigration John McCallum joins the invited Syrian refugees during their tour of Rogers Arena Saturday morning. The special event was made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS. He gets a spontaneous hug by 12 year old Dilsir wearing the scarf.
Receiving a famous Fin head bite is 12-year-old Dilsir, one of the Syrian refugee children, who is joined by Queenie Choo (right), the Chief Executive Officer of SUCCESS, who organized the special Rogers Arena tour, including attending the Canucks game Saturday night.
The Syrian refugee children and families stop for a group photo inside Vancouver Canucks locker room.
Syrian refugee Shergo Kurdi, 15, watches St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
Syrian refugees watch St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
Syrian refugee Shergo Kurdi, 15, watches St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
Syrian refugee Dilsir Siljak, 12, holds up a puck that entered the seating area during St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice, after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
Syrian refugee Shergo Kurdi, 15, watches St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday March 19, 2016. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
Young Syrian refugees take a look at the Canucks practice from level 500. They are part of the 24 Syrians who attended a special tour of Rogers Arena made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS.
Zila, dressed in her goalie&#8217;s mask, takes a selfie following the Vancouver Canucks Hockey 101 session at Rogers Arena. She is one of 24 Syrian refugees who will enjoy the Vancouver Canucks game Saturday night.
Zila, dressed in her goalie&#8217;s mask, takes a selfie following the Vancouver Canucks Hockey 101 session at Rogers Arena. She is one of 24 Syrian refugees who will enjoy the Vancouver Canucks game Saturday night.
Young Syrian refugees take a look at the Canucks practice from level 500. They are part of the 24 Syrians who attended a special tour of Rogers Arena made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS.
The Syrian refugee children parade through the Vancouver Canucks locker room led by Rod Brathwaite (far left). Together with the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS, a special tour of Rogers arena was made possible for the group of 24, who attended the Vancouver Canucks game Saturday night.
The Syrian children clearly adore Fin as they gathered around the Canucks famous mascot for hugs.
Leading the way is 15-year-old Shergo wearing the Canucks A jersey. The Vancouver Canucks invited Syrian Refugee families to Rogers Arena to meet Fin and enjoy an arena tour including the Canucks dressing room. Federal Minister of Immigration John McCallum also joined the Syrian group for a special Hockey 101 session.
Federal Minister of Immigration John McCallum joins the invited Syrian refugees during their tour of Rogers Arena Saturday morning. The special event was made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS. Mr. McCallum is pleased to greet Harout, who was most grateful for the experience.
Federal Minister of Immigration John McCallum joins the invited Syrian refugees during their tour of Rogers Arena Saturday morning. The special event was made possible by the Vancouver Canucks and SUCCESS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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