This Surrey native has been playing hockey since the age of seven, and he was recently drafted by the Edmonton Oilers as the 63rd overall pick during the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh – a dream coming to fruition for the Khaira family.
After speaking with him about his unconventional journey to becoming the captain of Canada’s cricket team, it became quite apparent why this very affable 26-year-old has been creating a stir on the Canadian cricket scene
During my short interview with Gary, I found out it is not about testosterone, aggression, and brute strength, but a mental sport, or how Gary puts it “A Human Chess Match.” Gary noted several times, “When you enter the cage, your mind must be clear, all emotions and attachments must be left behind. The brain is a superior muscle being put into play, in cohesion with the body when trying to win over your advesary.”
When the word “wrestling” is introduced into a conversation about legitimate athletes and sports, some may imagine the “wrestlers” of the WWE. Certainly some gifted people, put on stage to entertain the masses. Granted they are quite charismatic, talented, and high-flying men; however, they must not to be confused with the determined, physically and mentally strong athletes on the competition mat of freestyle wrestlers.
Bo Horvat, recognized for his two-way play, represented Canada at the 2012 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Scoring four points in five games, he helped Canada secure the gold medal. He also was the captain of Team Ontario at the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, where he led the team to a bronze medal finish with seven points in six games.
DARPAN Magazine had the exclusive opportunity of sitting down with Jason Garrison and learning more about the newest Canuck. Garrison, who was born in Burnaby and raised in White Rock, British Columbia, says “it means a lot” to be playing back “in your hometown. Growing up, I was always a Canucks fan.”