Elvis will be in the building

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Silver Blades bringing seven-time Canadian champ back as guest skater for ice show

Elvis Stojko back into the spotlight as the big ticket for the annual Silver Blades Skating Club ice show in 2014.

CORNER BROOK  The blank look on their faces wasn’t a good indication of their excitement.

Senior skaters with the Silver Blades Skating Club gathered around coach Matthew Young Thursday afternoon for the club’s unveiling of the special guest skater for its annual ice show scheduled for April 12 at the Pepsi Centre.

Young, who is still recuperating from a concussion, announced that the club will be bringing Elvis Stojko back into the spotlight as the big ticket for the annual ice show that serves as a showcase of the local talent skating under the Silver Blades umbrella.

The young skaters on hand for the good news, along with a few executive members, were speechless when Young finished up talking about Stojko’s stellar skating career that was highlighted by three world championship titles, two silver medals on the Olympic stage and seven-time Canadian men’s champion during the 1990s.

Caylie Blake, who is 11, wasn’t even born when Stojko wowed a capacity crowd in his first performance in the city — back in 1999 when the city was abuzz with hosting the nation for the 1999 Canada Winter Games.

She might not be familiar with his impressive resume and popularity with skating fans across the globe, but Blake is amped up about having someone of Stojko’s stature take time to skate in Corner Brook.

“It’s always amazing to see different people perform with us at our ice show,” Blake said Thursday. “It’s always exciting to perform in the ice show, but it’s going to nice to skate with somebody who is famous and have people watch you skate in the same show.

Kennedi Boland, a 14-year-old skater with Silver Blades, is familiar with Stojko’s impressive career from what she read about him and viewed on You Tube, but that doesn’t stop her from looking forward to sharing the spotlight with a legend in the skating world.

“I think it will be inspiring to see him now knowing what he has done in skating and to see that he’s still skating,” she said.

Stojko may be a stranger to the budding skaters he will share the stage with this time around. But, the man known for his pleasant personality and heart of a lion had a huge following during the glory days and that was proven when the Pepsi Centre sold out in 1999 when skating fans found out Elvis would be in the building. A second show the following night was near capacity as Stojko dazzled the crowd, which also included the young skaters who share the ice with guest skaters at the end of each skating season.

Corner Brook’s Alexandria Young, who is training full-time in Montreal as a solo skater while sibling Matthew works to return from a concussion,  will be performing a solo as one of the highlighted performances at the annual event. Of course, the youngsters will get to strut their stuff in front of their friends and families to show them how they have progressed over the year.

Families of Silver Blades skaters will be able to purchase tickets for the show Dec. 9 at the Pepsi Centre box office. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Dec. 11 at the Pepsi Centre box office.

Organizations: Silver Blades Skating Club, Pepsi Centre.Young, Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Canada, Montreal

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