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Walter Gretzky & Vinay Virmani

August 10th, 2015
Barrie, ON

Brown Pleased to Announce Hockey Icon Walter Gretzky and Cinema star Vinay Virmani joining HNIB line up as honorary coaches

With Hockey Night in Barrie only 3 days away, Patrick Brown is thrilled to announce 2 more exciting names to the star-studded list, as honorary coaches: Walter Gretzky and Vinay Virmani

We are looking forward to having Walter Gretzky, Brantford resident and father of NHL all-star Wayne Gretzky, at Hockey Night in Barrie again this year. He attended hockey night in the past – and we’ve been wanting him back ever since! Walter spends his time helping charities and fundraisers, as well as coaching at his summer youth hockey camp in California. We hope his second visit to Hockey Night in Barrie is as great as his first!

"Walter Gretzky is Canada's most beloved hockey dad. He was an incredible hit when he came back to Hockey Night in Barrie two years ago. We are so proud to have him coming back. “– Patrick Brown

30 year old Vinay Virmani, from Brampton Ontario, is a Canadian actor who starred in the film Breakaway , a film about Canadian hockey.  He can also be seen as Sam in The Steps, and as Deepak V. Chopra in Dr. Cabbie. We are really looking forward to having him at Hockey Night in Barrie – the players will love having him as an honorary coach.

"Vinay Virmani is one of the talented stars of cinema today. I loved his film breakaway and Dr cabbie. We are eager to have him at his first Hockey Night in Barrie" – Patrick Brown

The doors open at 6 p.m.; with the puck drop scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Money raised 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. 

“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!


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Alexa Oakley & Naomi Mueller - HNIB coordinators