Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo leans over to chat with Aldergrove's Draven Vorauer prior to the start of the April 15 home playoff game against Chicago Blackhawks.

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo leans over to chat with Aldergrove's Draven Vorauer prior to the start of the April 15 home playoff game against Chicago Blackhawks.

Aldergrove goalie shares limelight with Luongo

A budding young goalie not only snagged prime seats for his family at last Friday’s NHL playoff game between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, but also led the hometown heroes onto the ice.

Draven Vorauer is ecstatic at winning the honour of wearing his Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association goalie uniform on the Rogers arena ice for the opening ceremonies’ skate, as well as standing at attention alongside his hero, Roberto Luongo, for the singing of the national anthems.

Following the ceremonies, Draven and three family members were escorted to their seats for the game.

Draven, aged nine, won the memorable prize in a draw at Save-on Foods.

His mother, Robin, says it caps off a “Cinderella” season for Draven, whose Initiation level team is the Aldergrove HR4-1 Snipers, and she hopes some of the Snipers’ magic rubs off on the Canucks.

As reported last month in The Aldergrove Star, the Snipers started their season last year as true underdogs, but came back with a vengeance to win most of the season’s games and the Aldergrove Spring Tournament.

It has been a team effort, but Draven’s prowess as a goalie was key to those victories.

Draven moves into Atom league next season, and here’s hoping that he can bring some Stanley Cup mojo to Aldergrove arena.