Richard Loat didn’t grow up with hockey.
He grew up in the United Arab Emirates where hockey is a world away.
He moved to Canada in 1999 and the rest, as they say, is history. This spring and summer, the Vancouver boy created and co-ordinated Five Hole for Food, a charitable effort in which he drove across the country playing hockey and asking participants and spectators to donate food or money to their local food banks.
“I can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Thanks to his philanthropy and passion for it, we won’t hold his passion for the Vancouver Canucks against him.
“I think I’m a mixture of excited to be part of such an event and a little bit nervous to get to rub shoulders with the who’s who in hockey,” he says.
Four Hockey Questions
Did/do you play hockey?
I’ve never been any good at ice hockey, but I’m a road hockey and ball hockey all star. I wouldn’t say I’m the Wayne Gretzky of off-ice hockey but I’d liken myself to Alex Burrows at times.
What is your earliest hockey memory?
I grew up in the UAE so I hadn’t heard of hockey until I moved to Canada in 1999. I fell in love with the game after watching the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics Gold Medal game and the rest is history!
Are there any sessions to which you are particularly looking forward?
Being a die hard fan of the Canucks is one thing but there aren’t a lot of people out there that are die hard fans of hockey. I’m excited to get to explore the game on an international level and from a perspective that is about the sport and no individual team. The whole summit has me pretty stoked.
If there’s anyone you want to meet next week, who is it and why?
The lineup of names at the Summit is long, do you really want me to list who I want to meet? If I have to pick one person to meet, it has to be Brian Burke. I’ve loved him since his Vancouver days and he’s earned the level of respect he has in the NHL for a reason. He’s a classy man and I’d love to meet him if only in the hope that I’ll walk away with a personalized Brian Burke quote.