Brantford, Ontario, August 3, 2016 –The game-day agenda and final rosters are set and Brantford-Brant hockey fans are invited to take part in the community’s premier celebration of everything hockey – Hockey Night in Brantford 2016 - happening on August 10th at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant, was today joined by members of the Hockey Night in Brantford Organizing Committee and the event’s charity partner, the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund, to unveil game-day details at the Burford Community Centre.
 
Local NHL players and NHL alumni will once again join other elite men and women hockey players in a highly entertaining event to celebrate the Brantford-Brant community’s rich hockey heritage. Team captain’s Adam Henrique (New Jersey Devils) and Zac Dalpe (Minnesota Wild) will make their return in a contest for the Speaker’s Cup.
 
Other roster highlights include budding NHL superstar Brandon Montour, who ranked second  overall in points amongst AHL defenceman during his rookie season, led the entire league in power play scoring, and was the first rookie defenseman named to the AHL All-Star team since 2012-13; Laura Fortino, a CWHL first overall draft pick and Olympic Gold Medalist; Adam Brady, former Kingston Voyageur superstar who’s first season in the US college system was cut short due to a terrible car crash, but who’s incredible commitment to rehabilitation will see him suiting up next year in the NCAA ranks; and “original day one Brantford Junior B 99er” Nathan Bastian, drafted in the 2nd round, 42nd overall, by the New Jersey Devils in June.  Full rosters and player bios are available at www.hockeynightinbrantford.ca.
 
“Hockey Night in Brantford keeps evolving, and this year we’re pleased to introduce new partnerships, new festivities, another dynamic roster and a jam packed evening of hockey celebration unlike any other in our community,” said MP McColeman.
 
Over its first four years, Hockey Night in Brantford has raised $368,000 to support those in need across the Brantford-Brant community.  Proceeds from this year’s game promise to transform the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund; which today announced that its partnership with Hockey Night in Brantford, along with the support or organizations like the Burford Lions Club, will for the first time enable the charity to offer its full range of funding and services to residents of the County of Brant. Applications will be accepting starting in January, 2017.
August 10th will be a special day for the organization in more ways than one, as Hockey Night in Brantford will honour and pay tribute to the late Arnold and Jean Anderson; tireless community leaders whose passion and dedication has helped allow thousands of children to benefit from the work of the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity. 
 
“We are incredibly excited to begin offering our services to families living in the County of Brant, thanks to our partnership with Hockey Night in Brantford and strong support from across the Brant community,” said Stan Worosz, President of the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund. “Kids living in the County will now have greater access to the benefits and the enriching experience of organized sport, and the opportunity to pursue their athletic dreams and follow in the footsteps of local role models like Adam Henrique and Zac Dalpe.”
 
A recognition of the Brantford Ice Cats, who this year took home the Esso Cup at Canada’s national women’s midget ice hockey championships in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, will round out this year’s HNIB celebrations.
 
To kick off this year’s fundraising efforts, Empire Homes stepped up once again as the event’s title sponsor with a significant contribution of $20,000. Today it was announced that Millards Chartered Professional Accountants and Patriot Forge have joined as major sponsors, each making a contributing $10,000.
 
Game-day tickets are on sale now at the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund, the Brantford Expositor, the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, Wacky Wings, and online at www.hockeynightinbrantford.ca at a family friendly price of $10, and $5 for seniors and children. Raffle tickets also remain on sale, offering lucky fans a chance to win two tickets anywhere that Air Canada flies or two tickets anywhere that WestJet flies.
 
Game-Day festivities will include an RBC training ground demonstration and shoot-out activities, hosted by Sledge Hockey Olympian Tyler McGregor; a vintage Zamboni display; a family skate with HNIB stars for ticket-holders (5 to 6pm); and the Brantford All-Star Roving Comedy Hockey Team, “Cheap Skates”, featuring  Wally “Powder Play” Warwick, Randy “Ice Ice ” Papple, Brent “Pull the Goalie” Goodnough, Rob “Roll up the Ref” Nagy, Marty “Stumble” Chapple, and Doug “Slips” Hunt.
 
 
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Hockey Night in Brantford Game-Day:
Doors Open: 4:30 pm
Family skate: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45 PM
Puck Drop: 7:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Dennis Burnside
Legislative Assistant
Phil McColeman, MP Brantford-Brant
Phil.McColeman.A1@parl.gc.ca
613-992-3118
 
 

Brantford, Ontario, March 2, 2016 – Hockey Night in Brantford is returning for another year of celebration, high level hockey entertainment and showcasing local hockey talent from all levels of the game.
 
Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant, joined with members of the Hockey Night in Brantford 2016 Organizing Committee, sponsors and event partners to make the announcement this morning at event sponsor Wacky Wings. 
 
The 5th annual charity hockey game and community celebration will make its return to the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on August 10th, 2016. Local NHL players and NHL alumni will once again join other elite men and women hockey players in a highly entertaining event to celebrate the Brantford-Brant community’s rich hockey heritage. 
 
Over its first four years, Hockey Night in Brantford has raised a total of $368,000 to support those in need across the Brantford-Brant community.  Proceeds from this year’s game will benefit the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity, which promotes the physical, mental and social development of financially disadvantaged children by providing financial sports grants to eligible families. 
 
Hockey Night in Brantford 2016 will also honour and pay tribute to the late Jean Anderson, a tireless community leader whose passion and dedication has helped allow thousands of children to benefit from the work of the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity.  
 
“In a community famous for its rich athletic heritage, no child should be denied the opportunity to access the joys and benefits of participating in organized sport,” said McColeman. “Partnering with the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity is a natural fit for Hockey Night in Brantford, and provides a wonderful opportunity to continue building on the legacy of the late Jean Anderson.”
 
To kick off this year’s fundraising efforts, Empire Communities has stepped up once again as the event’s official title sponsor with a significant contribution of $20,000. 
 
Raffle tickets will be on sale shortly; once again offering lucky fans a chance to win two tickets anywhere that Air Canada flies or two tickets anywhere that WestJet flies. 
 
Quick Facts:
 
  • The Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity has helped over 2,600 young athletes participate in sport. Support from Hockey Night in Brantford will help the Charity significantly expand its capacity. 
     
  • One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children in sports and physical activities*
     
  • Arnold Anderson Sport Fund Charity: What We Believe