Stan Walchuk Jr. is a common man who has lived an uncommon life. He has been a teacher, writer, filmmaker, outfitter, horse trainer, habitat improvement contractor, surveyor, truck driver, hockey manager, a student of hockey, and a dedicated hockey dad. Stan has earned Biology and Education Degrees from the University of Alberta. His many occupations were dedicated efforts with notable successes. His first effort at writing was The Cordillera! Expedition book, a National Bestseller. His first documentary film, also of the Cordillera journey, earned him Best Producer and Best Documentary awards. He has written more than 50 magazine articles, raised and trained more than one hundred trail horses while operating Blue Creek Outfitting. A consummate wilderness traveler, Stan has travelled literally thousands of wilderness horse miles and canoed more than twenty northern rivers. ‘Hockey Is Life’ is his fourth book, a dedicated 5-year project that is unequaled as a guide for hockey players and parents. For more information on Stan Walchuk Jr’s books and DVD’s see www.vistapublishing.net.
Dylan Walchuk laced on his first pair of skates at the age of three, stepping on the ice at the McBride, BC arena. Like many smaller players he was a whiz kid, entertaining all with moves and goals. At the age of twelve he stepped up to spring hockey – the Kamloops Ice Dogs, and soon after, the Northern Alberta Selects, Okanagan River Rats, and Alberta Wolverines. For 4 years Dylan travelled five to seven hours one way to hockey practices and regular season and elite team games. Time and again, partly due to size, he found himself past over, on the fringes, wondering if he could continue climbing the hockey ladder. But at the end of the day, at the end of a truly unique and amazing journey through life in hockey, he collected some memories – Junior B Rookie of the year at16; scoring 4 goals in a deciding Junior A playoff game enroute to the national RBC cup; scoring the game winning goal at the RBC cup; Playing in the World Junior A Challenge; Full ride NCAA Division 1 scholarship; Spokane Chiefs of the WHL; Calgary Dino’s U Sport; practicing with the 2014 men’s Canadian Olympic Team; playing pro in Denmark and China/Russia. Like the book says, Dylan touched almost every rung on the hockey ladder on his climb to the professional ranks – so many ups and downs and turnarounds that it is enough to make anyone’s head spin. A typical hockey kid, the hero and the goat, buried then revived, stories like cuts etched in ice. His story is your story, his journey emblematic for players and families across the continent.