Online auction for Leafs Alumni game ends Friday

Wendel Clark and Rick Vaive (left) are scheduled to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni hockey team Saturday, Feb. 15 in Tillsonburg against the FARE Flurry. Jack Boland/Postmedia Network jpg, TN

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Time is running out if you want to be ‘in the game’ Saturday, Feb. 15 when the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni hockey team plays in Tillsonburg.

An online auction ( for six positions will close Friday, January 24th at 9 a.m.

As of Monday, Jan. 20, 14 bids had been placed on the ‘Leaf Player for a Day’ with a high bid of $725. ‘Leaf Assistant Coach for the Day’ had the lowest bid at $275. Three ‘FARE Flurry Player’ opportunities – the Tillsonburg team that will be play against the Leafs Alumni – ranged from $425-$475. And bidding for ‘FARE Flurry Goalie’ was $375.

“The response so far looks great,” said Andrea Brown, Tillsonburg’s Recreation Programs and Services Manager. “We’ve got a lot of bids on all of the player spots, the coach spot and the Leaf for a Day spot, so we’re happy with where things are and we’re looking forward to seeing how many more bids we can get before the end of the week.

“We’re hoping that the excitement builds up and we get a lot of bids at the end.”

Bidding is done at $25 increments, and all players must be at least 35 years old.

After speaking to other communities that have hosted similar NHL alumni hockey games, organizers hope to average $500 per position available.

“That was kind of our goal and we’re pretty close to that already,” said Brown, “so that’s exciting.”


Wendel Clark will be in Tillsonburg on Saturday, Feb. 15 for a Maple Leafs Alumni hockey game raising funds for the FARE program in Tillsonburg. (Postmedia Network) jpg, TN


“I hope you’ll consider helping to support our Oxford County FARE Program which is really making a difference one day at a time, one person at a time,” said Julie Dawley, Supervisor of Aquatics. “I’m definitely a hockey fan and am extremely excited about this opportunity.”

As of Jan. 10, confirmed Toronto Maple Leafs alumni for the Family Day weekend included Wendel Clark, Rick Vaive, J.S. Aubin, Dave McLlwain, Craig Muni, Darryl Shannon, Ric Nattress, Mike Krushelnyski and Christian Hanson. Dave Hutchison will be an alumni ref and Rick Wamsley an alumni coach.

Proceeds from the alumni game will go to the Town of Tillsonburg Recreation, Culture and Parks Department’s FARE program (Fee Assisted Recreational Experiences), which enhances access to Town of Tillsonburg recreation programs, available through the Tillsonburg Community Centre.

Since the implementation of FARE, 200 Oxford County families have utilized the program and 536 family members have enjoyed recreation programs free of charge. Not just families are eligible – 62 single participants have taken advantage of the program, primarily seniors who could not have participated in recreation programs without the assistance of FARE.

“It (FARE) is for anyone in the community that meets the low income requirement as well as the residency requirements. It can be adults, kids, people looking to get more fit or looking for social opportunities,” said Brown. “It’s all year round.”

FARE assisted recreation programs included swimming (1,497 swims), karate (98 registrations), learn to swim (229) and health club (138).


A full house is expected at the Kinsmen Memorial Arena on Feb. 15. Standing-room tickets ($25) are still available at (Maple Leafs Alumni Game 2020 – Town of Tillsonburg Recreation Culture and Parks), but assigned seating and VIP tickets have sold out.

“We do have sponsorship opportunities still available that do come with seats,” Brown noted. “So if anyone is able to sponsor, they would get tickets with that sponsorship. We’re holding some seats for sponsors.

“Things are looking good so far. We’re always open to more sponsorship, but we’re definitely happy with where things are sitting.

“We’re very excited and looking forward to bringing the Leafs to Tillsonburg,” Brown concluded.