NHL players in Cornwall for Monday charity game

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Jesse Winchester

A group of NHL players will be in Cornwall on Monday for a charity hockey game to benefit the Cornwall Chapter of the Max Keeping Foundation and First Assist, a charity that funds programs to benefit First Nations youth in fly-in communities.

Game time at the Cornwall Civic Complex is set for 7:30 p.m.

The two teams will consist of locked out players from various NHL teams including Ottawa Senators Chris Neil and teammates Zach Smith and Marc Methot.

Former Cornwall Colt and Long Sault native, Jesse Winchester will also be in the line-up.

“I’m excited to announce that we (NHLPA) will be playing in Cornwall,” said John Chabot, a former NHLer and coach who is the driving force behind the event.

“The City of Cornwall and the surrounding areas are made up of tremendous hockey fans and they will enjoy seeing NHL players up close,” Chabot said. “There will be a number of opportunities for fans to interact with the players.”  

Chabot is in the midst of organizing a series of games for the locked out professionals still in Ottawa which could take them to other locations in Ontario before moving on to Northern Quebec and the Northwest Territories.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from other towns to visit and play. Everything has come together very quickly,” Chabot said.

Tickets for the Cornwall game will cost $20 per person but if you say the password (First Assist Charity) you will get two tickets for the price of one.   Tickets will be available at the Civic Complex Box Office at 100 Water Street at 100 Water Street as of 10 a.m. Friday.   Tickets will also be available on Monday as of 8:30 a.m. until puck drop.

Organizations: NHL, Max Keeping Foundation, First Nations Ottawa Senators Civic Complex Box Office

Geographic location: Cornwall, Long Sault, 100 Water Street Ottawa Ontario Northern Quebec Northwest Territories

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