The Nanaimo Clippers host the Langley Rivermen in B.C. Hockey League action at the Frank Crane Arena. The Clippers earned home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, which starts with games here this Friday and Saturday night. Photo by Corey Shaw

Clippers team up to do good work around Nanaimo

Cheer on your home team as BCHL playoffs start this week!

As you cheer the Nanaimo Clippers as they begin their B.C. Hockey League playoff run this weekend at Frank Crane Arena, you’ll be supporting players who’ve been active off-ice in the community as well.

“It’s been a huge priority of ours, making sure our guys are at everything they possibly can be,” says Tali Campbell, the team’s general manager and director of business operations. “Our players can attest to how busy they are, between hockey, school and their volunteer work.”

Where have you seen your Clippers?

You’ve no doubt seen Clippers players out and about around Nanaimo, whether it’s during one of their many school visits helping your kids read or do math, volunteering for Salvation Army events, playing at charity ball hockey tournaments, “celebrity” serving at Boston Pizza or many other activities. You may have even gotten to know some of the players better by chatting with them.

And that serves both the Clippers and the community well!

The Clippers enjoyed a sellout crowd on Jan. 31, their first full house since the 2004-05 season. Team owner and president Wes Mussio and the rest of the club are grateful for that support, part of which comes from the players being a part of their community and helping out when asked, Campbell says.

“When people can relate to a player and get to know their story, they tend to buy into what we’re trying to accomplish,” he says. “Yes, we’re trying to win hockey games, but we’re also developing young men and making sure they’re positive role models in the community.”

Building special relationships

Helping community groups achieve their goals results in strong partnerships, Campbell says. One special relationship the Clippers are proud of is with the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Chief Michael Wyse. Earlier this month the team wore special Snuneymuxw jerseys for a BCHL game against Powell River. “We really want to celebrate the culture and the sport, and spotlight inclusion for everyone,” Campbell says.

Starting the post-season at home

The Clippers’ strong play this season earned them home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, which get underway with games Friday and Saturday night (Feb. 28 and 29) at 7 p.m. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, visit, call 250-722-5477 Wednesday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or stop in at the arena box office during those times.

If you’d like to request a visit from Clippers players, call Campbell at the number above or email Be sure to follow the latest Clippers news on Facebook.

BCHLjunior hockey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Nanaimo Clippers players, wearing their special Snuneymuxw First Nation jerseys, celebrate a win at Frank Crane Area. Photo by Corey Shaw

Comments are closed

Just Posted

RDN will look at collecting old bins once automated waste collection starts in the fall

Residents outside Nanaimo city limits to see new waste pickup model in October

Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging

Nanaimo pianist and future doctor honoured for ‘excellence in culture’

Devon Joiner is among this year’s City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award winners

Volunteers on Vancouver Island checking in on seniors during pandemic

United Way reports 2,600 phone check-ins and 1,300 ‘virtual visits’

Nanaimo mayor, in his work as a lawyer, named in lawsuit over client’s will

Leonard Krog administrator of an estate being challenged under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Beefs & Bouquets, June 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Vancouver Island First Nations gather to remember woman fatally shot by police

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council requests an independent investigation

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Damage happens every year, forcing site manager to reallocate improvement budget to repairs

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

Most Read