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.
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:
Phil McColeman, MP Brantford-Brant