The Sandman Centre Announced as New Home to Kamloops Blazers

The Sandman Centre, Kamloops BlazersSandman Hotel Group, The Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club, and the City of Kamloops have announced a 10-year naming-rights partnership rebranding the downtown arena as The Sandman Centre.

The Sandman Centre will host all Kamloops Blazers games and many other major events including concerts, the Subway Super Series, Hockey Day in Canada, and the 2016 Women’s World Hockey Championships.

“We are elated to enter into a partnership with Sandman Hotel Group. Their presence throughout Canada is well-recognized,” commented Director of Sales and Marketing, Dave Chyzowski. “Sandman Hotel Group is already one of the Western Hockey League’s premiere sponsors. We are very excited for this new long-term partnership.”

The Sandman Centre officially opened its doors in the fall of 1992 as the Riverside Coliseum, previously known as Sport Mart Place and over the last 10 years as the Interior Savings Centre.

“We’re extremely excited to be part of the city’s arena. This is an incredible sports, cultural, and entertainment venue offering fantastic games, events and concerts to the City of Kamloops and the surrounding communities,” said Taj Kassam, President and COO of Sandman Hotel Group. “Sandman has been a proud citizen of the City of Kamloops for the past five decades, and this partnership allows us to show and share some of this pride.”

As long-time corporate residents, Sandman opened its first Kamloops’ hotel in 1968 and its second in 2014. Together with the Kamloops Blazers and the City of Kamloops, Sandman Hotel Group looks forward to the first home game of the season on Saturday, September 26th against the Kelowna Rockets.

“We’re proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Blazers and look forward to this collaboration with Sandman over the next 10 years,” commented Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar. “This partnership brings with it the promise of many exciting entertainment opportunities to be hosted at the new Sandman Centre.”

Moxie’s Grill & Bar Opens at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of Moxie’s Grill & Bar at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel!

The Kamloops’ Moxie’s concept is a small inviting interior that is the perfect setting for a neighbourhood gathering. The 5,227 square foot building opened at the end of May and encompasses a total of 140 seats inside with a beautiful 698 square foot indoor patio adding an additional 42 seats.

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Disa Ottosdottir designed this more rustic space boasting layers of different textures, including reclaimed wood boards, paneled millwork walls, old world cement tiles, rustic brick, and tufted leather upholstery.

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The island bar and open concept kitchen allows for interaction and eye contact with our Moxie’s team and our guests. The floor plan uses a combination of banquettes, free standing tables, and booths, so there is something for everyone.

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Please join us in congratulating our General Manager Jason Fulton, Regional Manager Bert Valkenborg, Regional Chefs Jason Turnbull, and Micah Treder, Chef Dave Johnston, and the entire Moxie’s Kamloops Team!

Welcome to the family!

Ballet With the Ball: A Love Story

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Originally published by John Lanchester, National Geographic, June 2006

Why do we fall in love with soccer? What happens?

At some deep level, the reason soccer snags us is that good soccer is beautiful, and it’s difficult, and the two are related.

A team kicking the ball to each other, passing into empty space that is suddenly filled by a player who wasn’t there two seconds ago and who is running at full pelt and who without looking or breaking stride knocks the ball back to a third player who he surely can’t have seen, who, also at full pelt and without breaking stride, then passes the ball, at say 60 miles an hour, to land on the head of a fourth player who has run 75 yards to get there and who, again all in stride, jumps and heads the ball with, once you realize how hard this is, unbelievable power and accuracy toward a corner of the goal just exactly where the goalkeeper, executing some complex physics entirely without conscious thought and through muscle-memory, has expected it to be, so that all this grace and speed and muscle and athleticism and attention to detail and power and precision will never appear on a score sheet and will be forgotten by everybody a day later–this is the strange fragility, the evanescence of soccer.

It’s hard to describe and it is even harder to do, but it does have a deep beauty, a beauty hard to talk about and that everyone watching a game discovers for themselves, a secret thing, and this is the reason why soccer, which has so much ugliness around it and attached to it, still sinks so deeply into us: Because it is, it can be, so beautiful.


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The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup is finally here!

Canadian Living magazine went behind the scenes with the Canadian national women's soccer team. From superstitions to pre-game food to the musicians they rock out to (you won't believe who!), here are the secrets to team Canada's success.

How do you celebrate a win?
“Usually by singing Celine Dion … After one of our big wins last year, or a couple of years in the Cyprus Cups, we had the stereo system in the locker room and we popped in Celine Dion and started singing at the top of our lungs. And that’s usually, as a team, what we do. If anybody walked by they’d think: What a bunch of crazy Canadians. I can’t sing worth anything, but I am singing at the top of my lungs.”
– Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, 31 years old, from Maple Ridge, B.C.

“A lot of dancing, music … (and, after a tournament) Celine Dion’s Power of Love, that’s a good one.”
– Forward Melissa Tancredi, 29, Hamilton, Ont.

“Usually in the locker room we end up singing some kind of Celine Dion song … You can thank Karine LeBlanc for that one.”
– Forward Christine Sinclair, 27, from Burnaby, B.C.

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten from a coach?
“Just to be confident in my own skill and my own ability and just to believe in myself. As a girl growing up you’re not expected to be boisterous or look into yourself and be who you are, it’s always like ‘stay in the back, be a team player.’ For a coach to come up to you and say ‘you’re better than you think you are,’ and to push it out of you is the best advice I’ve ever gotten.”
– M.T.

The team’s pre-game rituals
“Music is a must. And, for me, when I put my shin guards on and my cleats, and even when I get my ankles taped, it’s always left side first …”
– M.T.

More of the team’s pre-game rituals
“Left to right: you’ve gotta put on everything from left to right (when getting dressed for the game). And definitely say a prayer. I always say a prayer right before I enter the field and during the national anthem.”
– K.L.

“I always have to make sure my laces are tied extremely tight before a game. If they’re too lose it sets me off.”
– Forward Jonelle Filigno, 20, from Mississauga, Ont.

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Favourite pre-game meals
“My pre-game meal is always a big plate of pasta.”
– J.F.

“Pre-game it’s usually plain, simple pasta. Especially with an Italian as a head coach, she’s all about the pasta and the crostata before a game.”
– C.S.

“Actually a lot of us have been taking these goo packets, which are supposed to be a lot of simple sugars right before we play and they taste like chocolate icing, so they’re delicious.”
– Midfielder Diana Matheson, 27, from Oakville, Ont.

Post-game snacks
“Post-game, right away we have Parmesan. It’s gonna sound weird to people but Parmesan is what I look forward to. Parmesan is the first thing we eat in the locker room, as weird as that sounds. I’m a cheese-lover, too, so it works.”
– M.T.

“Certain members of our team are obsessed with Parmesan cheese. I’m not quite there: It’s hard for me to want to stick a brick of Parmesan cheese in my mouth after a game!”
– C.S.


As a Canadian owned and operated company, with hotels in both Canada and the UK, Sandman Hotel Group is excited to cheer for both Team Canada and Team England. Who will you be cheering for?

Click here for a full tournament schedule.

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Launch Summer Heli Activities

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk TangiersRevelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (STHS) are excited to announce a brand new program of heli-accessed summer adventures in the spectacular Selkirk Mountains.

Revelstoke Mountain, Selkirk Tangiers, heli hiking, mountain bikingThe line-up being offered for the inaugural summer of heli activities will include: helicopter sightseeing flights, heli hiking, heli-assisted alpine picnics, heli mountaineering, heli glacier trekking, and select heli-accessed mountain bike options.

The summer adventures will all take flight from the heli pad conveniently located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, just steps from The Sutton Place Hotel, and will be operated by Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, said they are thrilled by the opportunity to introduce new and existing guests to over 50,000 acres of remarkable terrain this summer.

“While this is new territory for us as a business, it’s a familiar playing field in terms of taking guests into the mountains via helicopter,” he explained.

“I’m certain that guests are going to be blown away by the stunning alpine scenery, and we are looking forward to playing in the Selkirk peaks in warmer temperatures than we’re used to!”

Selkirk Tangiers, Revelstoke MountainAs one of the original heli-skiing operations in the Revelstoke area, Selkirk Tangiers has been offering highly successful winter programs since 1978. The recent approval of the summer tenure application from the British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Land & Natural Resources makes this exciting next step possible.

The season is scheduled to run from July 3rd until September 7th. A full list of offerings is available at www.revelstokemountainresort.com.
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We’re giving away 3 X 10,000 StatusPlus Points!

Sandman's summer giveaway series

It’s the summer of giveaways with our ‘Sandman Brings You A Dream’ promotion!

Simply book direct and stay with Sandman between May 1 – September 30, 2015 and you will be automatically entered to win amazing prizes, including: a BBQ & patio set, $6,000 in prepaid credit cards, $4,000 in Sandman gift certificates and much more!

For more information, click here.


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Our social media platforms will also be giving away prizes all summer: StatusPlus Points, Denny’s Gift Cards, Sandman Gift Cards, and Prepaid Credit Cards!

First summer contest: May 25 – June 5, 2015
We’re giving away 10,000 StatusPlus Points on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram… 30,000 points total which is over 24 free room nights!

Facebook: 10,000 StatusPlus Points
– To enter, upload a photo that represents why you’re excited for summer, Like us, tag Sandman Hotel Group & use #dreamwithSandman.

Twitter: 10,000 StatusPlus Points
– To enter, upload a photo that represents why you’re excited for summer, Follow us, tag @SandmanHotels & use #dreamwithSandman.

Instagram: 10,000 StatusPlus Points
– To enter, upload a photo that represents why you’re excited for summer, Follow us, tag @SandmanHotels & use #dreamwithSandman.

For a full list of our summer social media contests, click here.