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Gold medal men's hockey tickets, anyone?

Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman holds up 2010 Winter Games men's hockey tickets. (VANOC photo)

Posted by Rob Klovance

If you're like me, you came up empty in your bid to go through regular channels – the 2010 Winter Games ticket lottery – to get a seat at GM Place for the Olympic men's ice hockey gold medal final. But because you're not me, you get another shot.

Join Team Power Smart by February 17, 2010 – or log in to your existing Team Power Smart account during that period – and you'll be entered in a draw for a pair of the most sought after tickets at the Games. And if you win, consider taking me, because as a BC Hydro employee, I'm ineligible.

Then again, it's not like it's going to be a good game, right? I mean, who wants to watch the likes of  Crosby & Nash versus Ovechkin & Malkin? Who wants to watch Roberto Luongo (or will it be Martin Brodeur?) face Ryan Kesler on a breakaway with a gold medal on the line? 

OK, I'm deluding myself. It's probably going to be OK to be there.

More reasons to join Team Power Smart

The chance at men's hockey gold medal game tickets pretty much makes it a slam dunk that joining Team Power Smart, which is free, by the way, just makes sense.

Even if you don't win those tickets, there are still other 2010 Winter Games tickets up for grabs. And as part of the team, you'll be helping British Columbians meet our BC Energy Plan target of electricity self-sufficiency by 2016.

And you'll save money. By acting on Power Smart tips, many of them zero or low-cost, you'll lower your BC Hydro bill. And if you're a member with a BC Hydro account, you can gun for a reward - that's what you'll get if you meet the 10% electricity reduction goal over 12 months.

Why is Power Smart doing this?

It's simple, really. Demand for electricity, both by business and residents, will continue to grow in British Columbia. We'll still need to build on our power generation to meet that demand, but the plan is to reduce that increase by 50% through conservation by 2020.

In case you haven't heard it, if we met our goal of 210,000 Team Power Smart members by the end of the 2010 Winter Games, and everyone saved 10% in a year, the power saved would be more than enough to power the 2010 Games.

Power Smart would also be saying thank you with a reward  cheque to a couple hundred thousand British Columbians.  Add that to the money you'll save on your BC Hydro bill, plus member –exclusive savings on energy-efficient products, event tickets and other cool stuff, and resistance to joining the team is futile.

Do it for the province. Do it for your kids. Do it for the hockey fan in you.

And if you win those tickets, you know where to find me.

Rob Klovance is managing editor of bchydro.com.