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COLWOOD – The Clippers it seemed were always looking for that one extra goal in their first round series with Victoria. On Friday the Grizzlies won 4-2 at the Q Centre to take the best of seven series 4-1. The story of the first two periods of game ...

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Nanaimo Clippers vs Victoria Grizzlies Game 5 (Playoffs) Location: Victoria, The Q Centre Start Time: 7pm Radio: 106.9 The Wolf Online: HockeyTV.com === NANAIMO – 1-3 4th in Island Division HOME – 0-2 ROAD – 1-1 Last Game – 4-3 loss vs Victoria β€...

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NANAIMO – For the second straight night the Clippers were in a one shot game with the best team in the Island Division, but for the second straight night they lost by one goal. The Grizzlies took game four 4-3 to capture a 3-1 lead in the best of se...

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NANAIMO β€” The Clippers have fallen behind 2-1 in their first round series with the Victoria Grizzlies. Victoria took game three 3-2 at Frank Crane Arena on Tuesday night. Power play goals provided almost all of the offense in the game with Sean Buchanan...

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COLWOOD – The Clippers evened up their series with the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday with an impressive 3-0 shutout win. Goalie Evan BeBrouwer led the way with a 32 save performance and the Clippers scored once in every period to get the win. A bea...

Nanaimo Clippers vs Victoria Grizzlies Game 2 (Playoffs) Location: Victoria, The Q Centre Start Time: 7pm Radio: 106.9 The Wolf Online: HockeyTV.com === NANAIMO – 23-28-1-6 – 53pts (0-1) 4th in Island Division HOME – 12-13-0-4 ROAD – 11-15-1-2 (0-...

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COLWOOD – The BCHL playoffs opened with a 1-0 loss for the Clippers. The Victoria Grizzlies scored the only goal early in the second period off the stick of Shawn O’Malley. Strong goaltending was a major factor with Matthew Galajda making 24 s...

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COLWOOD β€” It took 58 games, and eight head to head meetings but finally the Clippers beat the Victoria Grizzlies. Nanaimo won 2-1 at the Q Centre on Saturday night, taking three of a possible four points in a weekend series that will also serve as a pla...

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Nanaimo Clippers vs Victoria Grizzlies Game 58 Location: Victoria, The Q Centre Start Time: 7pm Radio: 106.9 The Wolf Online: HockeyTV.com === NANAIMO – 22-28-1-6 – 51pts 4th in Island Division HOME – 12-13-0-4 ROAD – 10-15-1-2 Last Game – 3...

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NANAIMO β€” Friday’s game between the Clippers and Grizzlies was a playoff preview and if the upcoming series is anything like Nanaimo’s home finale it will be a great one. Victoria won the game 3-2 in overtime in front of a massive crowd of o...

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The Nanaimo Clippers Junior A Hockey Team is a significant part of life in Nanaimo. Since the franchise was founded in 1972, players, coaches, volunteers and fans alike have memories and never-before-told stories that contribute to the fabric of the team we cheer for today. We will share some of those stories in what we are calling "Legends & Locals."

When people say "hockey is my life," they're usually referring to how much they watch, how enthusiastic a fan they are or how many games they get to attend in person but for Nanaimo's Michael Olson, that often haphazardly 'thrown around' phrase is taken literally.
Olson grew up in Tisdale, Saskatchewan and came to Nanaimo to play for the Clippers in 2002. He stayed with the team until 2005 when he received a Scholarship to St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. From there, in 2009, he played for a year with Boise's Idaho Steelheads before returning to the Clippers as Assistant Coach, alongside Head Coach Bill Bestwick. He continued as Assistant Coach until 2013, under Mike Vandekamp.
"I was able to experience wonderful things because of the game of hockey," he says on the phone. "I've been overseas. I've travelled all over continental North America, and now I live in Nanaimo. I'm married, and I have a one-and-a-half-year-old son. Hockey was a tool for all of this."
In addition to hockey being a vehicle to create a life he loves, Olson says hockey was an opportunity to instil a sense of pride in the community.
"When we played, we were definitely the draw in town," he recalls. "I remember going to the grocery stores or the movies and being recognized by young fans and being asked for autographs." Olson continues to explain that the team saw themselves as ambassadors not only for the team but the city. "We had a gigantic sense of pride in the jersey and the colours we wore. There would be 2200 people at Frank Crane Arena on a Friday night, and that was a reflection on us. It's more than a game; it's a responsibility." He noted that the crowds at Frank Crane were equal to the entire population of his hometown of Tisdale. "People loved going to Frank Crane on Friday night. It was the place for the community to come and end their week.
Although the game paved the path of life for Olson, it didn't turn into a career for him. He always played the best game he could, and once you join the elite players in the collegiate leagues, he says it's as competitive as winning the lottery.
When I asked him if he follows hockey today, he laughs and reminds me he has a one-and-a-half year old. He does say that he finally gets to watch Hockey Night in Canada on a Saturday night and that as his son, Ellis, gets a little bit older, he's looking forward to introducing him to the live hockey experience at Frank Crane, and instil that sense of pride in his son.
Thank you, Michael Olson, for not only playing and coaching a great game of hockey but for being an ambassador for our city.

(written by Kait Burgan, photos by Michael Rhode)

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For more information on the Nanaimo Clippers, and to become a member of the Nanaimo Clippers Society, visit www.nanaimoclippers.com. "Suddenly, it’s not out of reach to own a hockey team!"

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