By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – NHL greats and an iconic hockey dad will be returning to the rink for charity on Family Day.
Alex Phillips, Special Olympics Ontario basketball athlete, drops the puck to Jason Kilger (left), Cornwall Community Police ‘All Star Enforcers,’ and Dan Daoust, NHL Alumni, at the Civic Complex in April 2013.
The NHL Alumni Tour is making its way to the Cornwall Civic Complex with a legendary lineup lead by Walter Gretzky on Monday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Stanley Cup champs and hockey hall-of-famers, The NHL Alumni, will face off against the Cornwall Community Police ‘All Star Enforcers’ in support of Special Olympics Ontario.
“We expect a lot of enthusiasm from the fans,” said Brian Snyder, Cornwall police staff sergeant.
The tour has been making a stop in Cornwall for several years. Thousands of hockey fans turn up for the event, many taking advantage of the opportunity to shake hands with a sports hero.
For local cops it’s about more than squaring off with NHL stars Marty McSorley, Mike Krushelnyski and Rick Vaive. The Enforcers are also the Cornwall and area police who participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario.
“We have been raising nearly $35,000 each game,” said Snyder.
The match will feature a skills competition and some slapstick comedy as NHL greats pull a series of on-ice practical jokes.
“We are very excited to showcase an exhibition game with Cornwall’s local heroes from the Law Enforcement All Star team” said Mark Napier, NHL Alumni executive director. “We cherish the chance to get together as Alumni to play with old friends and promote the game of hockey across Ontario, all while raising money for a great cause.”
Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for seniors/children 15 and under.
They can be purchased at the Civic Complex, by calling 1-877-431-0685 or visiting www.benefithockey.com.