The Coffee Mate Cup is played every November 11th. The game was established in the late nineteen eighties to remember Gerard Hanlon. The Snowcaps were playing a Sunday game and young Gerard came to watch. When he saw that the Snowcaps were a man short he raced to his car and grabbed his kit. In order to fit in Gerard powdered his hair with coffee mate. Unfortunately Gerard was killed that summer 1986, in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work in Alberta. The game also honours Snowcap RFC and Capilano RFC club members that are no longer with us in body and of course the war heroes that paid the supreme sacrifice for our country in the World Wars.
The Snowcaps are permitted to pick up a few ringers from the upper divisions of the Capilano club, father and son combo’s, and if available and an understanding referee. A Cup was made using a Coffee Mate Jar.
The Snowcaps use old age and treachery against their youthful opponents from the lower divisions. The game usually starts off with a drink of some Scottish lubricant and often a piper, pipes the players onto the field. In 2014 the game became co-ed as Canada star Andrea Burk suited up for the Snowcaps and played with distinction.
The game is well attended as it is a Capilano Classic! Following the game a meal is served in the clubhouse and the players eat, drink and are merry!