Victoria Harbourcats season opener is around the corner and their first regular season home game of the season will be loaded with festivities including a uniquely Canadian touch with an appearance by Marko Kardum — and his Zamboni.

Kardum gained notoriety in the Victoria area – and worldwide – this past February when a Facebook post by Victoria Buzz went viral – the post was also featured on Sportsnet.

The Central Saanich man was attempting to clear snow off the roads with his Zamboni when he was pulled over by police.

The HarbourCats begin a three-game series against the Wenatchee AppleSox in their first regular season home game of the season at Royal Athletic Park on June 5.

First pitch will be thrown at 6:35 pm.

The HarbourCats will salute their 2016 WCL Regular Season Pennant-winning team with banner unveilings commemorating Victoria’s WCL-record 40 wins, and 19-game win streak achieved last season, as well as their 2016 WCL Regular Season Pennant.

The HarbourCats reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2016, which was also the first playoff berth for a Victoria-based baseball team since 1952.

A homegrown Victoria baseball star and HarbourCats alum will be recognized during the ceremonies. Nick Pivetta, a HarbourCats’ right-handed pitcher in 2013 and a graduate of Lambrick Park secondary school, made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies this April.

Pivetta is the first HarbourCat alum to reach the major leagues, and in recognition, will have his name added to the club’s Wall of Honor at Royal Athletic Park.

Skydivers, always an exciting spectacle at Royal Athletic Park, will ‘drop in’ just before first pitch. Already a fan favourite in past years, this year’s demonstration will be more spectacular than ever, with nine skydivers from the Victoria Skydiving Club descending upon the ballpark.

The HarbourCats and Wenatchee will continue their three-game series on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7. Both games are 6:35 pm starts at Royal Athletic Park.

Just in: Central Saanich Police have pulled over someone driving a Zamboni near the Pat Bay Hwy, and Tanner Road…

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Monday, February 6, 2017

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