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HUGE PLAYER NEWS!

August 7th, 2015

Barrie, ON

Hawerchuk, Scheifele, Wilson, Hamilton, Leeman, Paikin, Nicholls, The Thomas Family and Hoggarth Join Star Studded Line-up at Hockey Night in Barrie VIII

August 13th is fast approaching, which means Hockey Night in Barrie is just around the corner!

The doors of the Barrie Molson Centre will open at 6 p.m.; with the puck drop scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Money raised at this incredible event will go to support Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, as well as the development of a Child and Youth Mental Health inpatient unit at RVH. 

RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Cancer Centre opened in 2012 and now registers 100,000 patient visits each year, saving cancer patients from the tedious drive to Toronto. Unfortunately, there is currently no child and youth mental health hospital unit in Simcoe Muskoka, so troubled children needing inpatient mental health treatment must travel outside the region for care – an enormous burden for patients and families. 

With just a week ‘till puck drop, we are thrilled to announce an updated list of Hockey Night in Barrie participants.

Dale Hawerchuk, winner of the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982, will be playing in this year’s game.  He was introduced into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is also an “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. Hawerchuk played in the NHL for 16 years, with the Winnipeg Jets, the Buffalo Sabres, the St.Louis Blues and the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently a coach for the Barrie Colts, and has been since 2010. Hawerchuk was born in Toronto, so we are thrilled to have him back in Ontario for Hockey Night in Barrie!

22 year old Mark Scheifele, from Kitchener Ontario, will also be joining the Hockey Night in Barrie line-up this year. Scheifele currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets, and was selected 7th in the NHL draft in 2011. He used to play for the Barrie Colts, so it’ll be great to have him back at the Barrie Molson Centre.

Right wing, Tom Wilson, currently playing for the Washington Capitals, will be joining Hawerchuk and Scheifele on the ice this year. Wilson won gold with Team Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, and was 16th overall draft pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft. We couldn’t be more excited to have him participate in Hockey Night in Barrie.

30 year old Ryan Hamilton, a left-wing from Oshawa Ontario, currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers, and will be playing at Hockey Night in Barrie. He formerly played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. We can’t wait to see him at The Barrie Molson Centre.

Gary Leeman, a Toronto native, is the second Toronto Maple Leaf player ever to score 50 goals or more in a single NHL season – we can’t wait to see how many goals he scores at Hockey Night in Barrie! In 1993, he won the Stanley Cup championship with the Montreal Canadiens, and was the 24th overall draft pick in the NHL. Leeman’s hockey career lasted 16 years.

Steve Paikin, Chancellor of Laurentian University, from Hamilton Ontario, will also be lacing up his skates for Hockey Night in Barrie this year. Paikin is also a Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer at TVO, Ontario's public broadcaster. He is currently an anchor for The Agenda with Steve Paikin. We are thrilled to have him as one of our community players!

Bernie Nicholls, who played for 18 years, from Haliburton Ontario, has played 1127 games for the LA Kings, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks, scoring 1209 points. Nicholls won silver for Canada in the 1985 World Ice Hockey Championships. We can’t wait to see what Nicholls has in store for Hockey Night in Barrie.

Steve “Stumpy” Thomas, assistant coach to the Tampa Bay Lightening, played 20 seasons in his NHL career with  the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Detroit Red Wings. We are very excited to have him and his son, Christian, attend Hockey Night in Barrie!

23 year old Christian Thomas, player for the Montreal Canadiens, will be joining his dad Steve, along with many other NHL superstars this year at Hockey Night in Barrie. This year, he scored his first NHL goal against Edmonton Oilers … we can’t wait to watch him score even more at the Barrie Molson Centre.

Finally, we are thrilled to have Ron Hoggarth as a Hockey Night in Barrie referee this year! Hoggarth is a Barrie native and a retired NHL referee. He has refereed 1,190 regular season games, 150 Stanley Cup playoff games and 3 All-Star games. He’ll be a great referee at Hockey Night in Barrie!

With a participant list like this, how could you say no to coming to the Barrie Molson Centre for Hockey Night in Barrie? Buy your tickets now, and help make this year the biggest, most successful hockey night Barrie has EVER had!!

“It has been great to have so many past and present Barrie Colts in the lineup for HNIB over the years. Same thing applies to the alumni of the Toronto Maple Leafs. These are a class organizations and wonderful partners in support of our hospital. The talent level of Hockey Night in Barrie has consistently remained high and this year’s game is shaping up to be the most action packed yet.” – Patrick Brown

The goal of Hockey Night in Barrie is to improve access to safe, high quality health care, hoping to make it as close to home as possible!

Check out www.ticketpro.ca or come to the Kozlov Mall to choose your seat for a game you won’t want to miss!

For more information and the latest roster updates please go to: www.hockeynightinbarrie.com

Alexa Oakley & Naomi Mueller - HNIB coordinators
alexahnib@gmail.com
naomihnib@gmail.com