Big Hockey Night in Wawa! NHL Alumni game

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On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Center in Wawa, hockey fans will watch as some of the greatest names in NHL history take the ice to challenge the Wawa Media & Local All-Stars. The NHL Alumni game is fun for all ages and supports the Special Olympics Ontario and their mission “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

The NHL Alumni game is fun for all ages and supports the Special Olympics Ontario and their mission “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities.”

Our ambassador for the game is Walter Gretzky, father, and teacher of the great Wayne Gretzky. He has been named the ‘Father of Hockey’.

Dave Hutchison – Our game official for tonight was an aggressive defenceman that played 11 seasons in the NHL with Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey and the Toronto Maple Leafs racking up over 1700 penalty minutes during his pro career

Tiger Williams – Williams was drafted 31st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1974 NHL draft and is one of the toughest players to ever have played in the NHL. He would go on to play close to 1000 NHL games with the Leafs, the Canucks and the Kings where he became, and still is, the NHL’s all-time leader in penalty minutes

Rick Vaive – Rick is a former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 3-time 50-goal scorer and a 3-time NHL All-Star. During his 14 seasons in the NHL, he registered an incredible 441 goals in 876 games.

Al Iafrate – He is a former Belleville Bull that was drafted 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 draft. He would go on to play 800 games in the NHL where he became a two time, All-Star and the winner of the hardest shot competition.

Mike Krushelnyski – ‘Krusher’ played 15 years in the NHL with the Bruins, Oilers, Leafs, Kings and Red Wings, He is an NHL All-Star and a 3 time Stanley Cup Champion with the Edmonton Oilers.

Denny Lambert – Wawaite returning home to play, was a fiery winger with a rugged style of play. As an unsigned free agent, he relied on his tireless work ethic to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL where he played close to 500 games for Anaheim, Ottawa, Nashville, and Atlanta.

Bryan Muir – This Alumnus played 12 seasons in the NHL and in 2001 he won a Stanley Cup alongside Ray Bourque as a member of the Colorado Avalanche

Mike Pelyk – a smooth and solid, all-round defenceman that played 9 seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs leading their defensive core in scoring during the 1973-74 season.

Dan Daoust – was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1983 and was a fan favorite in Toronto for his gritty style of play during his 8 seasons with the Maple Leafs

Mark Laforest – starting in goal, he is a two-time winner of top goaltender award and Calder Cup Champion of the AHL. During his NHL career, he played for the Redwings, Philadelphia, Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joe Sgro – former minor league goaltender who served as a trainer with Team Canada 1972.

The doors open at 6:00 p.m, with the game starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Center. For group tickets, call 1-844-363-0500 or visit www.benefithockey.com. This fundraiser game is supported by MyWawa.ca

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