On Saturday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Kinsmen Memorial Arena (45 Hardy), Scotiabank will present Tillsonburg area and Oxford County hockey fans a unique chance to shake hands with some renowned hockey players – Hockey Hall of Famers, Stanley Cup winners, and special guest coach and ambassador for the game, Walter Gretzky.
The NHL Alumni will take to the ice against the Oxford County OPP Law Enforcement All-Stars and will also take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for the Special Olympics in Ontario.
“The NHL Alumni is very excited to have the opportunity to continue our long standing partnership with the Law Enforcement Torch run and Special Olympics to showcase an exhibition game with Tillsonburg local heroes from the OPP Law Enforcement All-Stars hockey team” said Mark Napier, Executive Director, NHL Alumni in a media release. “It’s a great honor to come together as hockey’s greatest family to play with old friends and promote the game of hockey across Ontario, all while raising money for such a great cause.”
The exciting blend of hockey skill and fun ensures something for all hockey fans. In addition to the game, fans will be treated to a skills competition featuring the world-class players and some hilarious on-ice practical jokes.
The game will take place at Tillsonburg Kinsmen Memorial Arena at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
For ticket information, visit www.benefithockey.com and join in the fun. Call 1-877-431-0658 or visit benefithockey.com to book tickets.
NHL Alumni Roster
Walter Gretzky - Guest Coach & Ambassador of The NHL Alumni Team
Walter’s zest for life, love of sports, and appreciation of Gretzky fans have made him know as hockey’s most famous father. This strong Canadian's home town is Brantford and he is proud to be part of that community.
A Brantford native, Brent was chosen 49th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 after registering 250 points over three seasons for the OHL's Belleville Bulls. He holds the record for most points by two brothers in the NHL.
In 1993, Dallas selected this gritty forward 9th overall. In his 12 year NHL career, he amassed over 900 penalty minutes. He would play for Dallas, New York rangers, San Jose, and Edmonton.
This two-time 40 goal scorer may be best known for his unique style of skating. He is a Two Time winner of the Stanley Cup with Montreal and Edmonton. He currently is the Executive Director of the NHL Alumni Association.
He won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado avalanche. Over his 12 year NHL career, he played for 7 different franchises. A steady defenseman who was not afraid to get his hands dirty.
He was signed as a college free agent by Boston in 1985. In his rookie season, he would score 16 goals as a member of the Bruins. He is the NHL Alumni’s resident musician and played in front of a record crowd of 115,000 fans in a game between Michigan and Michigan State.
Played Junior A in Windsor, won the OHL and CHL Top Prospect awards. He was a first round, fourth overall selection of the Quebec Nordiques in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. On the international stage, Warriner was a silver medalist with Canada's under-18 junior team at the 1991 Phoenix Cup. In 1993-94, after joining Canada's national team he played 50 games in pre-Olympic play. At the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Warriner helped Canada win a silver medal.
Drafted in 1980 by the Washington Capitals, Bidner played a dozen games with the Capitals. He spent most of his playing career playing in Great Britain and played for their national team at the 1994 World Championship, Pool A. In August 2006 it was announced that Bidner will become the new assistant coach of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. On Feb 17, 2012, Bidner was hired to replace Sean Gillam as head coach of the SPHL's Fayetteville FireAntz.
Is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played fourteen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1979–80 through 1992–93, with the Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Rangers. Ogrodnick was born in Ottawa, Ontario.
Is currently the head coach of the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League. During his 17 seasons as a professional hockey player, Walker played in 829 regular season games in the National Hockey League where he scored 397 points.
Mark Laforest - Goal
Signed by Detroit in 1983, he would go on to later play for Toronto, Philadelphia and Ottawa. He won the Aldege Bastien Memorial Award as the Top Goaltender in the AHL on two occasions.
Dave Hutchison - game official
He played in 11 seasons in the NHL with Chicago and Toronto. He was a tough, rugged defenseman, who registered over 1500 penalty minutes during his 584 game career.