MP Patrick Brown is delighted to announce that the roster for Hockey Night in Barrie V has grown yet again with the addition of Hockey Night in Canada`s Don Cherry. Current NHL talent including Colt`s favourite and Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele and Stefan Della Rovere of the St. Louis Blues have also confirmed their participation.
"I am particularly pleased to have Don Cherry back at Hockey Night in Barrie. His devout support for the Canadian Forces is tremendously appreciated in a town with such strong ties to Base Borden" said MP Brown. "Don knows Barrie and the fight against cancer first hand. He played for Barrie Flyers and lived in our great City. Every family in Canada has been touched by the heart break of cancer whether is through a personal experience, a family member or a friend. Don lost the love of his life Rose to a difficult battle with cancer. This game raises funds for our cancer care centre and we certainly appreciate Dons assistance.’
Also confirming his participation for this year`s game is former Leafs legend Rick Vaive. Rick played in the NHL from 1979 to 1992, and is best remembered as the first 50 goal scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs franchise history. "Rick Vaive is one of the most famous Maple Leafs of all time. It is great to have him participating in this star studded HNIB line up again."
This year`s Hockey Night in Barrie charity game is also welcoming back former Maple Leaf player and coach Dan Maloney as coach, as well as Barrie`s Member of Provincial Parliament Rod Jackson and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman who will act as assistant coaches.
Tickets are available at Ticketpro.ca as well as at MP Browns office located at 299 Lakeshore Drive suite 200 in Barrie.
For more information on the event itself or to see an updated roster please contact:
MP Patrick Brown`s Office
Don Cherry: Cherry is a Canadian ice hockey commentator for CBC Television. Cherry co-hosts the "Coach's Corner" intermission segment (with Ron MacLean) on Hockey Night in Canada, and has also worked for ESPN in the United States as a commentator during the latter stages of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He is known for his outspoken manner, flamboyant dress, and staunch patriotism. Prior to his broadcast career, Cherry was a professional hockey player and National Hockey League coach.
Rick Vaive: Vaive was selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, after a stellar junior hockey career with the Sherbrooke Castors. His professional career, which began in the WHA with the Birmingham Bulls, lasted from 1978 until 1992. In Toronto, Vaive and Derlago were teamed with Pat Hickey, and Derlago became Vaive's setup man. Vaive scored prolifically with the Leafs, becoming the first 50-goal scorer in franchise history, surpassing that threshold three times.
Mark Scheifele: Scheifele is currently playing for the St. John's IceCaps in the American Hockey League. He was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, as well as selected to play in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for Team Canada. Before being drafted to Winnipeg Scheifele played the 2010-2011 season with the Barrie colts and was a leading goal scorer and fan favourite.
Stefan Della Rovere: Della Rovere is currently playing for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League . Della Rovere was drafted 204th overall by the Washington Capitals during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After his 2005-06 Minor Midget year with the Jr. Canadians, Della Rovere joined the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as their first round selection, 16th overall, in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection draft. He scored seven goals in 48 games as a 17-year-old rookie, and won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. He was called up by the Blues on December 1, 2010, and made his NHL debut that evening against the team that drafted him, the Washington Capitals.