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Local company uses NHL lockout to help charities

COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about how the NHL lockout has been bad for business. But one company is turning that negative into a positive by using the work stoppage as a way to give back to the community.

Phoenix Truck and Crane Services is a family-owned business based in Coquitlam. The company has four Canucks season tickets and every time the NHL cancels a block of games, it gets money back from the club.

The company has donated its latest $3,800 refund to PoCoMo Youth Services, a group that operates an outreach bus for at-risk youth in the Tri-Cities.

It is now challenging other businesses that are season-ticket holders to donate their refunds to charity, as well.

“Many other businesses are receiving these refund cheques. It’s already money that’s been allocated, [so] why not give it to charity? We’re strong believers that if you are successful, it is your duty to return it to the community,” explains Trevor Dick, safety director at Phoenix Truck and Crane.

“The longer the lockout continues, the more extra money is coming in. We really hope other people jump in.”

Other beneficiaries of the company’s generosity include the SHARE Food Bank Society, which has been presented with a cheque for $7,500.

While “Phoenix” is donating its season ticket refunds, other holders are choosing to cancel their accounts entirely.

In a statement to News1130, TC Carling, Vice President, Communications & Community Partnerships for the Vancouver Canucks, admits the team has averaged a couple of account cancellations per week.

“We understand the disappointment with the season not starting yet but we remain hopeful for a resolution and look forward to playing again as soon as possible,” he writes.