Hockey Night in Barrie
** New Additions to 6th Annual Hockey Night in Barrie Line-Up**
‘WALTER GRETZKY, ALAN THICKE, JASON MCCOY, & KURT BROWNING, DALE HAWERCHUK, BRYAN LITTLE, KYLE CLIFFORD, AARON EKBLAD AND DAN MALONEY JOIN GROWING STAR-STUDDED ROSTER. DARRYL MABLEY FROM LOCAL KOOL FM CONFIRMED TO EMCEE.’
MP Patrick Brown is thrilled to announce the latest additions to the 6th annual Hockey Night in Barrie line-up.
With the puck set to drop at 6:30 pm on August 15th, the confirmations are rolling in.
Renowned Canadian actor and comedian Alan Thicke has confirmed his return to the event. Alan is a great representation of the Canadian entertainment industry, and is always very enthusiastic about participating in Hockey Night in Barrie. Alan has starred in a number of television shows and movies, including ABC’s Growing Pains.
Walter Gretzky is also confirmed to attend, and will be dropping the puck this year. He is the father of superstar Wayne Gretzky and he has been a fixture in the hockey community for decades. Walter is very excited to attend this year’s Hockey Night in Barrie.
Hockey Hall of Fame member Mike Gartner is very happy to be returning to the event. Gartner played a total of 19 seasons in the NHL for a variety of teams, including the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Pheonix Coyotes. He currently holds the NHL record for the most consecutive 30-goal seasons, as well as the NHL record for the most 30-goal seasons. He is an invaluable member of the Hockey Night in Barrie team.
We are very pleased to welcome back Greg Johnston. Johnston is a retired NHL player who played primarily for the Boston Bruins, but also spent a short time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is now an active member of the community and a member of the Barrie Police Force.
Retired NHL referees Blaine Angus and Dan Marouelli are lacing up again in support of the Royal Victoria Health Centre. It is always fantastic to have professional referees such as Angus and Marouelli working the game.
Once again, a fabulous entertainer and four-time World Figure Skating Champion Kurt Browning will be a part of the big night. Browning has represented Canada at three separate winter Olympic Games, and is an inspiration in the figure skating world.
Recording artist Jason McCoy will be kicking off the game with the national anthem. McCoy currently lives in Minesing, ON, and is an internationally recognized country singer and songwriter. In 2006, he was awarded the Global Artist Award at the CMA (Country Music Awards) in Nashville. Additionally, he has had five Juno nominations, all for Best Country Male Vocalist.
“Walter Gretzky is Canada’s hockey father. It is very special to have him coming to Barrie for this notable event. I’m also happy to welcome back actor Alan Thicke, renowned singer Jason McCoy, Olympian and world champion Kurt Browning, Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Gartner, NHL alumni Greg Johnston, and Blaine Angus and Dan Marouelli as two former NHL Referees. Excitement is growing as the names roll in, and I can’t wait for this year’s Hockey Night in Barrie. It is sure to be the best one yet.”, said MP Patrick Brown, host of the event.
This week, the Hockey Night in Barrie roster is taking shape, with five new players, a coach and an emcee. Adding extra excitement to the event is a silent auction for airline tickets to any destination that Porter, Air Canada or West Jet flies to.
Current NHL stars Bryan Little and Kyle Clifford confirm participation. Retired NHL player Daniel Tkaczuk has just confirmed, and NHL Hall of Fame member Dale Hawerchuk has agreed to make a return appearance. Up and coming Barrie Colts player Aaron Ekblad has also agreed to join the action. We’ve confirmed retired NHL coach Dan Maloney. Emceeing the event will be Kool FM’s Darryl Mabley.
MP Brown is thrilled to welcome Kyle Clifford to the roster. Clifford, a first time Hockey Night in Barrie participant, won the Stanley Cup in 2012 with the LA Kings. Clifford began his professional hockey career here in Barrie with the Barrie Colts, and is very pleased to be returning to the Molson Centre on August 15th.
Bryan Little is yet another Barrie boy who will be partaking in Hockey Night this year. Little played for the Barrie Colts for four seasons before being drafted to the Atlanta Thrashers’ farm team. In 2007, Little won a gold medal for Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championship. He currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets, and has been an asset to the team, scoring 7 goals, and 28 assists in the 2013 shortened lock-out season.
Dale Hawerchuk, NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Fame member, is set to make a return. Hawerchuk is heavily involved in charity work, and is always an eager participant of Hockey Night in Barrie. He played for a total of four NHL teams during his 16 year career, including the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and the Philadelphia Flyers. He was first overall draft pick for the Winnipeg Jets in 1981 and the Phoenix Coyotes retired his number during the 2006-07 season. Hawerchuk is now the head coach for the local OHL team, the Barrie Colts.
Daniel Tkaczuk, a retired NHLer who played for the Calgary Flames has agreed to participate. He also represented Canada at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships where he won a silver medal, and led the team in scoring points.
Up and coming star Aaron Ekblad has confirmed his participation in the game. Ekblad currently plays for the Barrie Colts. In 2011, he was the player picked first overall in the OHL Priority Selection. He was the youngest player in the draft, and had unanimous consent from all teams to be the only player born in 1996 to be eligible for the draft. Ekblad will be eligible to be drafted to the NHL in 2014. He is sure to have a promising future.
Returning to the bench to coach this year is retired NHL coach Dan Maloney. Maloney was head coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs for two years, head coach for the Winnipeg Jets for three, and assistant coach for the New York Rangers for one year. Maloney played in the NHL for a total of 13 seasons before making the transition to coaching. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks, the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maloney was well-known for his right-hand punch.
Emceeing the event this year will be Darryl Mabley, from local radio station 107.5 Kool FM. Darryl regularly announces the Barrie Colts season games and is an avid hockey fan himself, and so is the perfect fit for our charity game.
A highlight of the evening will also be a silent auction. Air Canada, West Jet, and Porter have each graciously donated two tickets to any destination they fly to. The Air Canada tickets will be paired with hotel accommodations. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire these priceless tickets, all in support of the Royal Victoria Health Centre.
Please note that additional players and stars may be added. Click here to visite the Hockey Night in Barrie website for the most up to date information.