MP Patrick Brown is delighted to announce the roster for Hockey Night in Barrie V has grown yet again with the addition of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada`s Ron MacLean and Don Cherry.
“Having Ron MacLean and Don Cherry confirmed for Hockey Night in Barrie is just unbelievable. They are two incredible Canadians and just dynamic together. They will be very entertaining. Ron MacLean has been a fixture on Canadian hockey scene for decades now. He has been recognized with a Gemini award for his excellence in broadcasting eight times. His 2009 appearance at Hockey Night in Barrie was electric and I know his participation this year is going to draw a crowd”, said MP Patrick Brown.
"I am also incredibly honoured to have Canadian icon Don Cherry back at Hockey Night in Barrie again this year. With such close ties to CFB Borden, Don’s devout support for the Canadian Forces is tremendously appreciated in our region. Don also played for the Barrie Flyers and lived in our great City. Don knows Barrie and the fight against cancer firsthand. Too many Canadian families have been touched by the heartbreak of cancer whether it is through a personal experience, a family member or a friend. Don lost the love of his life Rose after a very difficult battle with cancer. This game raises funds for our Cancer Care Centre and we certainly appreciate Don’s continued support”, added MP Brown.
Helping on the bench as an assistant coach will be hockey legend Eddie Shack. Shack played for six National Hockey League teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs during their last Stanley Cup Final in 1967.
Also playing in this year’s game will be Eerie Otter’s forward Connor McDavid. McDavid went to the Otters as the first overall OHL selection in the 2012 draft. He has also been granted “exceptional player” status making him third in OHL history to carry the title (Next to former Sun County Panther’s John Tavares and the Barrie Colt’s Aaron Ekblad).
Tickets are available at Ticketpro.ca as well as at MP Brown’s 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:
Alex Robinson or John Davis
MP Patrick Brown`s Office
Don Cherry: born in Kingston, ON, February 5, 1934. Don Cherry is a Canadian icon. Cherry co-hosts the "Coach's Corner" intermission segment (with Ron MacLean) on CBC’s long-running 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 Canadian patriotism. Cherry won the Calder Cup championship (AHL) four times—1960 with the Springfield Indians, and 1965, 1966, 1968 with Rochester Americans. He also won the Lester Patrick Cup, the Western Hockey League Championship, with Vancouver Canucks in 1969. During his 20 year career in the minors, Cherry played in 1016 games, scored 101 goals, 362 points and spent 1315 minutes in the penalty box (almost 22 hours). Cherry makes his home in Mississauga, ON.
Ron MacLean: MacLean was born April 12, 1960 in Zweibrücken, West Germany (a twin city of Barrie), where his father, an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, was stationed at the Metz France Air Base. Fourteen months later the family moved back to Canada, and he grew up in Chester, Nova Scotia, Whitehorse, Yukon (for 5 years) and Red Deer, Alberta. His broadcasting career began in 1978 when he took a part-time position at CKRD-FM Radio (98.9), followed by duties at 850 CKRD-AM radio, and eventually a position doing weather with CKRD-TV. Maclean is a best known as the host of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and is also a hockey referee. MacLean has won eight Gemini Awards for his work with CBC. His first was in 1992 for Best Sports Broadcaster; he also won the Best Sports Broadcaster award in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2001. He won Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast in 2004 and again in 2006.
Eddie Shack: is a retired Canadian hockey player who played for six National Hockey League teams from 1959-1974. Shack was born in Sudbury, Ontario, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. He left his butcher job to try out for the Guelph Biltmores, knowing he could return if hockey did not pan out as a career. Shack played junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores of the OHA for five seasons starting at the age of 15. His best season was 1956-57, where he led the league in assists and starred in the Memorial Cup playoffs.
Connor McDavid: Mcdavid was selected first overall in the 2012 OHL draft to the Eerie Otters. He becomes just the third player to be granted "exceptional player" status following Sun County Panthers' defenceman Aaron Ekblad and Marlboros forward John Tavares. Last season Ekblad was selected first overall by the Barrie Colts in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and recorded 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 63 games this season for the Colts and represented Team Ontario winning a bronze medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, ON. Tavares, the first player to ever be granted "exceptional player" status was later selected first overall by the Oshawa Generals in the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and played four OHL seasons recording 433 points in 247 career games before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.
McDavid will be one of 80 skaters that will participate in the 2012 OHL Development Combine powered by Under Armour this weekend March 23-25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON. A full schedule for this weekend's Development Combine will be released later this week.