*Current NHL Stars Steve Downie and Aaron Johnson, former Leaf great Stumpy Thomas, and rising star Dylan Corson confirm for Hockey Night in Barrie V.*

The Hockey Night in Barrie V roster has grown again with the addition of Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie, Boston Bruins Aaron Johnson, Leafs legend Steve Thomas, and OHL up and comer Dylan Corson.  This year’s charity hockey game will be on August 16th 2012 at the Barrie Molson Centre.

"Aaron Johnson of Boston Bruins and Steve Downie of Tampa Bay Lightening are class acts to take time out of their limited summer vacation to support a charity fundraiser for RVH.  They work hard all year long in the NHL and we are particularly pleased to welcome current NHL stars like Aaron and Steve back to HNIBV" said MP Brown.

"Dylan Corson is going to be a huge hit with the Barrie Colts this season.  His family roots are well known in the Barrie area.  His father Shayne and his uncle Darcy Tucker remains two of the most popular NHL alumni in Simcoe County.  His aunt Patti and Grandmother June are also well known in Barrie with their popular restaurant Corsons."

"Steve "Stumpy" Thomas was one of the most heroic Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.   Thomas' was beloved in both cities for continuously raising his game at Stanley Cup playoff time and we are pleased to welcome him back to Hockey Night in Barrie V"

These players will join the bench with Doug Gilmour, Darcy Tucker, Shayne Corson, Ron MacLean and Don Cherry.

Tickets are available at Ticketpro.ca as well as at MP Brown’s office located at 299 Lakeshore Drive (Suite 200) in Barrie.

LEARN MORE

For more information on the event itself or to see an updated roster please contact:
Alex Robinson or John Davis
MP Patrick Brown`s Office
(705) 726-5959
Hockeynightinbarrie.com
Twitter.com/hockeyngtbarrie
Facebook.com/hockeynightinbarrieV


Backgrounder


Steve Downie : (born April 3, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the National Hockey League. He has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Downie made his National Hockey League debut on December 5, 2007, against the Minnesota Wild. He scored his first NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 5, 2008.
 

Aaron Johnson: Aaron Johnson (April 30, 1983) is a professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Johnson was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round (85th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Columbus chose not to issue him a qualifying offer on June 27, 2007, making him a free agent. On July 12, 2007, Johnson was signed by the New York Islanders. A season later, Johnson signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 11, 2008. He was traded to the Calgary Flames for Kyle Greentree early in the 2009–10 season. On March 3, 2010, Johnson (along with a 3rd round draft pick in 2011) was traded to the rival Edmonton Oilers, in exchange for Steve Staios.


Stephen Antony "Stumpy” Thomas (born July 15, 1963) is a retired English-born Canadian ice hockey right winger who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Detroit Red Wings. He is currently a player development consultant for the Tampa Bay Lightning.


It would be with the Islanders that Thomas would have his best years. In the 1992–93 season, Thomas scored 37 goals and 50 assists for a career-high of 87 points. During the playoffs, when Islanders superstar Pierre Turgeon was injured by a Dale Hunter check in the first round, Thomas and teammate Ray Ferraro emerged as the unlikely heroes of the Islander's playoff run. Both made the top ten in postseason scoring as the Islanders made their Cinderella run to the Prince of Wales Conference finals. The next year he set a career-high in goals with 42. On September 3, 2010 Thomas was named player development consultant for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Under this position he monitors and oversees all of Tampa Bay's prospects.


Dylan Corson: Corson was born in Toronto on March 1, 1994 and played his minor hockey in the GTHL in metropolitan Toronto. Dylan is the son of retired NHL leafs forward Shayne Corson and his wife Kelly, and is the nephew of Turning Point Hockey Director Darcy Tucker. Corson began his OHL career in 2010-11 with the Bellville Bulls and is now starting his second season with the Barrie Colts.