Tonight we hand out the first ever Chris Friesen Memorial Award.
The event is the 5th Annual Maple Leaf Awards which honours lacrosse playing student athletes from Simon Fraser University and the Burnaby Mountain Selects program.
As we present this inaugural award we will think of all of the people who have and are supporting us over the past 10+ months.
We will think of family and friends, the lacrosse community, our BCIT work community and those we don’t even know, but have supported us on-line and through continued thoughts and prayers.
And of course, we will think of Chris.
Last year was the first year we attended the dinner and we did so along with Chris. During the silent auction part of the event I bid on a Stan Syml signed picture. The Steamer was a Canuck who epitomized hard work and helped lead the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1982.
That picture had remained in its original packaging till just a few weeks ago. It is now displayed proudly with pictures of Markus Naslund, Trevor Linden and Kirk McLean along with another champion you might know…Chris Friesen.
As a family we will be FOREVER grateful to the Burnaby Mountain Selects group for their ongoing support and for providing an opportunity for us to remember Chris and also challenge these student athletes to BE THE BEST!
I’ll post the video intro to Chris’ award tomorrow and you’ll see a number of pics of Chris playing lacrosse for his hometown Thunder. The local support continues to be amazing and a number of Langley families will be at tonight’s dinner which is EXCEPTIONALLY meaningful for us too.
Let’s go do this thing!
BE THE BEST!