Walter Gretzky, Curtis Joseph and more in the Sault March 22Thursday, March 07, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
Sault hockey fans of all ages are invited to the Essar Centre on Friday, March 22 for an unforgettable evening as the NHL Alumni Association and Scotiabank host the annual Law Enforcement All-Stars vs NHL Alumni charity game in support of Special Olympics Ontario.
Returning to this year's event is game ambassador, special guest coach, and world famous hockey dad, Walter Gretzky.
As a special treat for hockey enthusiasts, former Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers goaltender, and 2002 Olympic gold-medalist, Curtis Joseph (AKA Cujo, pictured), will be part of the NHL Alumni team roster.
Cujo has the most career wins (454) of any goaltender in NHL history who never played on a Stanley Cup-winning team.
Other players slotted to join the team in Sault Ste. Marie include Rick Vaive, Todd Harvey, Reggie Leach, Jeff Toms, Denny Lambert, and brother to Wayne and Keith Gretzky, Brent Gretzky.
Participating as the game's guest referee, Dave Hutchison - reportedly one of the toughest defensemen to ever play in the NHL - posted 1735 penalty minutes in 584 career games while playing with Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and New Jersey.
Tickets for this charity event are $22 each and may be purchased here
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For details about the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, please click here
An abridged news release issued by the NHL Alumni Association follows.
This just in… special guest, the one and only Curtis Joseph joins the star-studded line up in Sault Ste. Marie! Don’t miss your chance to meet Cujo, one of the best goalies to ever play the game!
The NHL Alumni Tour, presented by Scotiabank, brings the heat to the Local Law Enforcement All-Stars in Sault Ste. Marie!
SAULT STE. MARIE - On Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Essar Centre on Queen St. E., Scotiabank will present Sault Ste. Marie hockey fans with a unique chance to shake the hands of some of the most renowned hockey players of all time, Hockey Hall of Famers, Stanley Cup winners, and special guest coach and ambassador for the game, Walter Gretzky.
The NHL Alumni will take to the ice against the Law Enforcement All-Stars and will also take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for the Special Olympics Ontario.
“We are very excited to showcase an exhibition game with Sault Ste. Marie’s local heroes from the Law Enforcement All-Star team,” said Mark Napier, executive director, NHL Alumni. “We cherish the chance to get together as alumni to play with old friends and promote the game of hockey across Ontario, all while raising money for a great cause.”
The exciting blend of hockey skill and fun ensures something for all hockey fans.
In addition to the game, fans will be treated to a skills competition featuring the world-class players and some hilarious on-ice practical jokes.
As presenting sponsor, Scotiabank also gives one lucky fan the chance to win a $2,500 investment product in the ‘Scotiabank Shoot for Cash’ between periods.
The game will take place at the Essar Centre, located on 269 Queen Street East at 7 pm.
For ticket information, please visit www.benefithockey.com.
Come out and join in the fun!
Don’t forget your non-perishable food items for the Local Food Drive for a chance to win a great NHL Alumni prize package taking place at the game.