fishing for kids – the west coast fishing club tournament

Ninth Annual Fishing For Kids Tournament Sees NHL Stars and Community Members Come Together in Support of the Canucks Autism Network

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Celebrating its ninth year as one of British Columbia’s most unique and successful charity events, Fishing for Kids returns to The West Coast Fishing Club from August 24th to 27th, 2014. Once again it will be benefitting the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and hoping to make a million dollars over the weekend to support children and their families living with autism in BC.


Since the inaugural Fishing for Kids event in 2006, the tournament has raised over $5 million for beneficiaries – last year alone the tournament raised a remarkable $1.1 million during the weekend. This incredible milestone was achieved by a group of just 44 anglers and this year the group of determined fishermen includes Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis, the team’s new Coach Willie Desjardins, the Canucks’ new GM Jim Benning and Assistant GM & VP of Hockey Operations, Laurence Gilman. NHL defenceman and two time Stanley Cup champion Willie Mitchell will be returning to his native BC to enjoy the tournament that he helped to found and Vancouver Canucks owners Paolo & Francesco Aquilini will also be taking part.


Funds raised will go to the Canucks Autism Network, which was founded by Paolo and Clara Aquilini. The charity supports over 1000 families in 55 communities throughout BC by enhancing the quality of life for children and young people living with autism. “We’re so pleased that the tournament continues to go from strength to strength each year,” says Paolo Aquilini. “The funds raised will help the inspirational children and young adults in our province that are struggling with the daily challenges of autism.”


“We are thrilled to be approaching our ninth year of the competition,” says Brian Grange, Vice President of West Coast Fishing Club. “We couldn’t host this event without the fantastic support of the Vancouver Canucks organization and the unwavering support of global financial specialist Macquarie, who has returned as our presenting sponsor for a fourth year running.”


Participants, sponsors and special guests will be treated to an intimate star-studded send off at Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia on August 23rd with a private concert by Canadian singer Tom Cochrane. Tournament participants will stay at The Clubhouse, one of The West Coast Fishing Club’s unique fishing lodges, located in the dramatically beautiful Haida G’waii.


The Fishing for Kids Tournament, fast becoming the premier fishing tournament in the Pacific Northwest, is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors. This year they include: Macquarie, The West Coast Fishing Club, Vancouver Canucks, Ledcor Group of Companies, Helijet, Aria Resort & Casino, The Province and Vancouver Sun, Bridgemans Services and Delta Group. To see more of our generous sponsors, please visit


For more information on the West Coast Fishing Club’s Fishing for Kids tournament, call toll-free on 1-888-432-6666 or visit


About West Coast Fishing Club

The West Coast Fishing Club was established over 25 years ago, with the premise of offering anglers first class Salmon fishing adventures in the Pacific North West. With three lodges situated on the most northern tip of Haida Gwaii, all offering first class accommodations and service. Each one of the lodges offers a slightly different adventure, within convenient proximity to the world’s best ocean fishing experience. The West Coast Fishing Club prides itself on dedication to the local community and the urgent need to maintain wilderness resources for future generations. For more information call toll-free 1-888-432-6666 or visit


About Canucks Autism Network 

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization that provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia.  For more information, please visit


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