With the 2018 Calgary Stampede Canvas Auction less than 3 weeks away (March 22nd) and the 2018 WPCA race season less than 3 months away, there is no better time than a Friday night in Calgary to get a little Western.

On Friday March 2nd during the first intermission of the Calgary Flames game versus the New York Rangers, WPCA drivers Chad Fike and Chanse Vigen will team up with the Big Hearted Mavericks as part of Western Night.

Instead of 4 powerful thoroughbreds pulling a 1325lb chuckwagon around a 5/8ths of a mile dirt track, Fike and Vigen will jump into mini chucks on the Saddledome ice pulled by 4 powerful members from the McKnight Mustangs Atom 2 Hockey Team.

As a kid, Chad Fike remembers watching his grandpa and former WPCA driver Ron David being pulled around during a similar event years ago and looks forward to the experience. Chad’s only reservation is that unlike the 4 horses he has control of while in his own wagon box he has no control over the kids pulling the mini chucks. 

Chanse Vigen says he looks forward to getting on the ice and being part of the event.  According to Chanse, he remembers being that kid who used to participate during intermission events and the positive experience and excitement he felt.  One of Chanse’s most memorable events was being on the ice during the intermission of a Canada vs Russia game. 

The Big Hearted Mavericks are a group of 25 local Calgary businessmen dedicated to charity and camaraderie. Between sponsoring chuckwagon drivers at the Calgary Stampede, hosting fundraising events, and engaging with the community, the Big Hearted Mavericks have been leaving their mark on the city for 19 years.

The mini chucks event along with interviews will be available for viewing on the WPCA Facebook page.

GMC 2017