Since the launch of our Surrey HEROS chapter in 2016 the program has seen attendance and excitement grow year over year. The establishment of this successful chapter couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of Fraser Grain Terminals, Fraser Surrey Docks and in partnership with the Surrey School Board.
As part of our 20th anniversary season celebration we are very proud to announce we will be adding an All Stars program in Surrey to accommodate our growing HEROS. A large number of the original 32 players from our inaugural Surrey season have remained in the program and this fall the first group of those players will be entering High School, a major milestone in any young person’s life. This program is specifically geared towards High School aged HEROS and places a greater emphasis on goal setting, high school completion, employment readiness, post-secondary / vocational training plans, and much more to help them set themselves up for success.
The introduction of Surrey All Stars allows our older players the opportunity to act as peer mentors to our Future Stars and opens up spots for younger players in our Future Stars program (grades 4-7). This new program allows us to tailor our programming to our oldest, longest serving participants, while also increasing the number of young people that the program can serve over all.
The Surrey All Stars program is funded in part by Surrey native and San Jose Shark Brenden Dillon. Brenden launched his own hockey school, BD4, this summer with the proceeds going towards the opening of the Surrey HEROS All Stars program. Brenden has been a long time HEROS NHL Ambassador and supporter of the work HEROS does in B.C. and across Canada. Brendan expressed that he was proud he could help contribute to HEROS growth in his own hometown, “it was a lot of fun starting BD4 Hockey School this summerand knowing that we could steer the proceeds to help HEROS grow in Surrey made it even more worthwhile.”
There are a lot of really great people in Surrey who want to give back to the city, including Brenden. He played in the rinks we play in, attended the same schools some of our HEROS did, and has achieved his dream of playing in the NHL. He is a great role model for our youth, and has always been a great friend to HEROS. We are really excited to be growing in Surrey with his help,” notes HEROS founder Norm Flynn.