A pair of Vancouver Canucks were making the rounds in South Surrey Friday afternoon, helping raise money for the White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank.
Mason Raymond and Alex Burrows first stopped by Rosemary Heights Elementary, where they were loudly cheered upon arriving in the school’s gymnasium and spent a few minutes answering questions from students, many of whom brought food-bank donations.
After Rosemary Heights, the popular Canucks forwards went to Thrifty’s at Morgan Crossing – where they helped selected customers take part in a high-speed shopping spree, with items collected going to the food bank – and headed to a Memphis Blues in Grandview Corners for an invite-only food drive event to wrap up their Peninsula tour.
More than 50 people showed up to Memphis Blues to get photos and autographs with Raymond and Burrows and to dig in to the barbecue feast – including a whole pig that was carved by the players.
Burrows and Raymond – who hasn’t played yet this NHL season as he recovers from a back injury – had a rare day off; the Canucks played Wednesday night and don’t play again until Sunday, when they host the Ottawa Senators.