The trophy goes to VR, the toilet seat to the Canucks |

The trophy goes to VR, the toilet seat to the Canucks

BRECKENRIDGE – Any corporate hockey team that puts its chief executive in the goal probably deserves to win.

The Vail Resorts Americans came out on top 5-3 against the Intrawest Canucks Saturday in the sixth annual Rivalry of the Resorts Summit Foundation Hockey Benefit, and Adam Aron wants his counterparts to know that he’s out there taking it for the team.

“My legs aren’t as quick as they used to be,” said Aron, the 48-year-old chairman and chief executive officer for Vail Resorts, who had at least 12 saves Saturday. “Our team was not about me. It was about the guys on offense and defense. I was lucky to have such a good team in front of me.”

Still, Aron had some choice words for his fellow executives from Intrawest.

“You don’t see David Barry standing in the goal,” he said. “I don’t see Hugh Smyth standing in the goal. My counterpart – Joe Houssein – he wasn’t on the ice.”

Vail Resorts came out strong right away holding a 4-0 lead until the end of the first period, when brawls broke out and the Canucks put a point up to trail 5-1 into the second.

“They made their plays count early on,” said Intrawest goal keeper Scott Kreider, who had a modest 25 saves throughout the game. “They had us running around a little bit. Everybody has a little bit of pride – hockey pride and company pride. It was an awesome game.”

“I thought it was a hot game all the way,” added Intrawest’s Craig Halberg. “I couldn’t believe it. Even in warm-ups, I was like, this has turned into a hockey game, not just a charity game.”

Breckenridge and Keystone CEO Roger McCarthy, who said he can’t skate, was on hand for the eye-witness and agreed the event went far beyond charity and well into bragging rights.

“Are you kidding?” he said. “You think we do this for fun? This is about David Barry wearing a toilet seat for the next year. We’re thrilled. I think our goalie did a hell of a job. The other team played well. The third period was dead even; we were looking at NHL level.”

Barry, who is Copper’s CEO, said he can’t skate fast enough to be out on the ice, but that the rivalry’s not over yet.

“The great thing about it is, we can come back next year,” he said. “They played really well, we lost some saves tonight but it was great energy. So, we’ll come back next year and hand that toilet seat right back to them.”

By the third period Saturday, neither the Canucks nor the Americans were giving an inch. The Canucks put two more points on the board and would have put up more if not for two breakaways shut down by Aron and VR defenseman Dan Harvey.

“This is the fifth year for the Vail Resorts team, and I think this was the best game yet,” Aron said. “The shots were hard, the skating was fast, it was end-to-end action. There were lots of shots and lots of saves.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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