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Play On! Is Back In 2024!

Canada, it's Time To Play On! - Government funding has been secured to run two Play On! events in B.C. First in Surrey on August 17th-18th, then in Kelowna on August 31th-September 1st. Whether you're a local or making the weekend trip down, rookie or veteran, everyone is welcome to experience the thrill of street hockey.

Players, fans, referees, volunteers, and other stakeholders can register here. Play On! builds human connection when we collaborate, laugh, and celebrate together. The bonds and skills forged through play can last a lifetime. Together, let's Play On!

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Hitting the streets together

Historically rooted in the Indigenous culture of the Mi’kmaq First Nation, hockey went on to become Canada’s national winter sport. Play On!, Canada’s sport festival, takes the game off the ice and into the sunshine of the streets. Preserving street play as part of national heritage and culture is our goal. In doing so we unite the nation through a sport that is loved and is accessible to all - Play On! is truly a "Sport For All" program, open to those of all ages and experience levels and no skating skills are required - just grab your sneakers and a stick and you’re ready to play.

The national celebration of our beloved pastime re-started with a series of street events held in 9 communities across the country in 2022. This year we’re bringing this celebration back to the streets of Surrey & Kelowna in B.C., with hopes for a national tour in 2025.

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Be a fan, free agent, volunteer, or create your own team!

Whether you’re a returning street hockey champion or a curious rookie who wants to try Canada's favourite street sport for the first time, there are experience level options for everyone. The program is for players of all ages and skill levels so you can register yourself, your child, your teen, even your parent to participate. You can register to be a team captain who organizes a team, a player who joins a team created by a friend, or free agent looking to join any team. You can also apply to be a paid referee! Beyond playing, there are many ways to get involved and experience the thrill of Play On!

Whether it's being a valued volunteer including scorekeeping roles, a paid referee/tournament official, or being a passionate fan, everyone gets to be a part of Play On! Canada! This event will provide an opportunity, connectivity, and memories of a lifetime for you!

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Get in on the games in B.C.

2024 marks the 20th year since the first national Play On! event tour was held in 2004. 179 events have been held in total, seeing the participation of 2.5 million Canadians.

Building on the success of the past, we want as many Canadians as possible to have the opportunity to participate in these truly inclusive Canadian events.

Start thinking about how your team, your family, and your organization would like to get involved. Gather your friends and neighbors to join in on the fun at the Play On! events in Surrey and B.C.

An announcement with more details about our B.C. events will be made soon!

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Surrey

August 17th-18th


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Kelowna

August 31th - September 1st


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The people make it happen

Play On! is a non-profit organization run by a Volunteer Board of Directors that’s passionate about bringing street hockey, and its many benefits, to everyone. With a diverse range of experience organizing large-scale, mass participation sporting events, our Directors are uniquely qualified to plan and host an accessible festival and sporting event that unites and inspires.

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Our first event took place in Halifax in 2003. Since then, we’ve held another 179 events that included well over 400,000 players and over 2 million spectators, volunteers and game officials. We even hold the Guinness World Record for largest street hockey event!

Of course, we couldn’t do any of this without funding support from our Federal, Provincial and Municipal government partners. A big thanks also goes out to our media sponsors, Sportsnet and the CBC, for helping us spread the word so the whole country can come out and Play On! with us.

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The Power of Team Sports

It’s time to bring our friends and our communities together to build and to celebrate connections through sport.

Whether you’re playing the game or cheering from the stands, team sports motivate us to care for ourselves and one another. They’re a proven catalyst for change that can have a positive impact on individual lives and shared neighbourhoods. They lift our spirits, providing a much-needed boost for our physical and mental health. Let’s empower ourselves and one another and Play On! together.

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