Former and current pros will square off against IceDogs alumni
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — It’s moving to a new home with a slightly rejigged format, but the sixth edition of Hockey Night in St. Catharines is promising Niagara hockey fans another star-studded lineup of former NHLers and the region’s very own Niagara IceDogs.
Named the top fundraising event of United Way of St. Catharines and District for the past five years, Hockey Night in St. Catharines is this year moving into the new Meridian Centre for an August 20th game that will pit current, former and future NHLers against players who have toiled on the ice at old Jack Gatecliff Arena for the IceDogs, along with some current players on the roster.
“Niagara has a rich hockey heritage, and we are excited to recognize the latest additions to that heritage by putting together an IceDogs All-Star team for Hockey Night in St. Catharines 6,” says St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra, who is the host of the game on behalf of United Way and the Steve Ludzik Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Program at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. “We are so proud of the community support we have seen for Hockey Night, and what it means to two vital Niagara organizations that do such important work.”
Steve Ludzik, co-host of Hockey Night in St. Catharines and a former Chicago Blackhawk player and Tampa Bay Lightning coach, has been living with Parkinson’s disease and is annually impressed with the response from the hockey community to participate in this summer hockey spectacle.
“The players have been incredibly generous with their time when it comes to supporting good causes,” he says. “We have had excellent turn out from some big name players in past years, and we are seeing the same response this year. It will ensure hockey fans are entertained while supporting two great causes.”
While the rosters for Hockey Night in St. Catharines 6 are still taking shape, several players have indicated they will be on the ice when celebrity referee (and NHL Hall of Famer) Ron Hoggarth drops the puck, including Ludzik, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive, New York Islanders star winger Ryan Strome and stud New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi. (See attached backgrounder for an up-to-date list of players).
“Hockey Night in St. Catharines has been an incredible event for us for the past five years, and we see this year’s game shaping up to be the best yet,” says Frances Hallworth, Executive Director of the United Way of St. Catharines and District. “Niagara hockey fans get to see some of their favourite players of years past and rising stars of tomorrow in their own backyard, and the money raised supports vital local programs and services that are provided by the United Way.”
Hockey Night in St. Catharines general admission tickets are now available for $15 each at Tickemaster.ca, the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, at Rick Dykstra’s constituency office at 61 Geneva St. and at the United Way of St. Catharines and District office at 63 Church St., Suite LC1, in St. Catharines.
Follow United Way of St. Catharines and District on Twitter @uwaysc. Follow Hockey Night in St. Catharines on Twitter @HNISC and keep up with the conversation with the hashtag #HNISC6. Get more information atwww.hockeynightinstcatharines.com.
About Hockey Night in St. Catharines 6:
Hockey Night in St. Catharines 6 is a charity hockey game featuring Canadian MPs and elite hockey players that raises funds for United Way of St. Catharines and District and Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Program at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Since the initial game in 2010, Hockey Night in St. Catharines has been named the United Way’s top fundraising event three years running, and has raised more than $700,000 over its first five years.
For more information, please call
Karen Moncur, Office of Rick Dykstra, MP
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