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ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR WHL’S 50TH SEASON PRO AM ALUMNI GAME

Kamloops, BC – The Western Hockey League (WHL) announced today the rosters for the WHL’s 50th Season Pro Am Alumni Game on Thursday, February 4, as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canadacelebrationsin Kamloops, BC.

 

The puck will drop on the WHL’s 50th Season Pro Am Alumni Game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops. The event will feature former Kamloops Blazers greats Mark Recchi and Darcy Tucker captaining teams made up of NHL and WHL alumni as well as celebrity guests in a fun, family-oriented game.

 

“The WHL is thrilled to have so many of our alumni return to help us celebrate the WHL’s 50th Season with this historic pro-am game,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We appreciate the opportunity our broadcast partner Sportsnet has provided to be part of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada and look forward to Kamloops welcoming back many of the top WHL and Blazers players of all time.”

 

Team Recchi

 

Team Recchi will be captained by former Kamloops Blazer Mark Recchi and boasts a roster with over 8,000 NHL games played. Recchi played 1,652 of those games himself and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion. In total, Team Recchi’s roster has also played in 2,320 WHL games and recorded 4,320 NHL points. Former New Westminster Bruin Cliff Ronning will also suit up for Team Recchi and still sits second all-time in the WHL record books with his 197-point campaign in 1984-85.

 

Ajay Baines

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

Chris Showler

Cliff Ronning

WHL: New Westminster Bruins

NHL: St. Louis, Vancouver, Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York Islanders

Dave Babych

WHL: Portland Winter Hawks

NHL: Winnipeg, Hartford, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles

Dave Chyzowski

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: New York Islanders, Chicago

Dennis Holland

WHL: Portland Winter Hawks

Glen Goodall

WHL: Seattle Thunderbirds

Geoff Smith

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Edmonton, Florida, New York Rangers

Gord Bamford

22-time CCMA award winner

Gord Cutler

Greg Hawgood

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Boston, Edmonton, Philadelphia, San Jose, Vancouver, Dallas

Kirk McLean

NHL: New Jersey, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, New York Rangers

Kirt Hill

WHL: Regina Pats, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Senior Manager, Player Development

Mark Recchi

WHL: Kamloops Blazers, New Westminster Bruins

NHL: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Boston

Marty Recchi

Rich Pilon

WHL: Prince Albert Raiders

NHL: New York Islanders, New York Rangers, St. Louis

Steve Gainey

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Dallas, Phoenix

Thomas Vicars

WHL: Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders

Wendel Clark

WHL: Saskatoon Blades

NHL: Toronto, Quebec, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Chicago

 

Team Tucker

 

Team Tucker will be led by former Kamloops Blazers great Darcy Tucker. Part of each of the Blazers’ record three Memorial Cups in four years in the mid-90s, Tucker went on to an NHL career that spanned 947 games. In total, Team Tucker has played in over 7,500 NHL games and includes Hockey Hall of Famer, and former Medicine Hat Tiger, Lanny McDonald. McDonald won a Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989 and owns 1006 of Team Tucker’s 3,784 career NHL points. Team Tucker has a little more WHL flavor than Team Recchi, with 2,951 career WHL games played. Former Blazer Rob Brown will also suit up for Team Recchi and sits fourth in WHL history with 522 career points. Brown also still holds a WHL record with 212 points recorded during the 1986-87 season.

 

Blair Rota

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

Chris Murray

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Montreal, Hartford, Carolina, Ottawa, Chicago, Dallas

Corey Hirsch

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: New York Rangers, Vancouver, Washington, Dallas

Cory Cross

NHL: Tampa Bay, Toronto, New York Rangers, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Detroit

Darcy Tucker

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Montreal, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Colorado

Evan Marble

WHL: Swift Current, Medicine Hat, Moose Jaw, Tri-City

Greg Gardner

WHL: Prince George Cougars

WHL Manager, Education Services

Greg Schell

Jeff Finley

WHL: Portland Winter Hawks

NHL: New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, New York Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis

Lanny McDonald

WHL: Medicine Hat Tigers, Calgary Centennials

NHL: Toronto, Colorado, Calgary

Les Consenheim

Mark Napier

NHL: Montreal, Minnesota, Edmonton, Buffalo

Rob Brown

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Pittsburgh, Hartford, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles

Rod Branch

WHL: Kamloops Blazers, Calgary Hitmen, Prince Albert Raiders

Ron MacLean

Host, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, Rogers Hometown Hockey

Scott Ferguson

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Edmonton, Anaheim, Minnesota

Steve Passmore

WHL: Tri-City Americans, Victoria Cougars, Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Edmonton, Chicago, Los Angeles

Stu Barnes

WHL: New Westminster Bruins, Tri-City Americans

NHL: Winnipeg, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Dallas

Wade Redden

WHL: Brandon Wheat Kings

NHL: Ottawa, New York Rangers, St. Louis, Boston

Zac Boyer

WHL: Kamloops Blazers

NHL: Dallas

 

Last week, the WHL announced that Canadian country music star Gord Bamford will suit up in the game. Kamloops fans will have a chance to be Gord Bamford’s guest at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in CanadaCelebrity Luncheon on Thursday afternoon, and to receive tickets to cheer Gord on at the Pro Am game, courtesy of Kamloops Country 103. Fans are encouraged to listen to Country 103 for contest details.

 

Fans will also have an opportunity to bid on all player jerseys and receive them off the players’ backs, on-ice at the conclusion of the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to KidSport (www.kidsportcanada.ca), a charitable organization that provides financial assistance to kids who want to play organized sports.  Both the WHL and Gord Bamford have long been supporters of KidSport. In addition to the jersey fundraiser, the Gord Bamford Foundation has pledged $125,000 to the organization over a five-year commitment.

 

Tickets for the WHL 50th Season ProAm Game are available now at the Sandman Centre Box Office (250-828-3339) or Sahali TicketMaster (Adults/Seniors/Youth-$10 plus tax; Children 12 and under $5 plus tax).

Fans are encouraged to wear a jersey throughout the week celebrating Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.  Additional Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canadaevents taking place in Kamloops from February 3 to 6, 2016, include:

 

Celebrity Luncheon
Thursday, February 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (doors open 11:15 a.m.) – Tournament Capital Centre

With special guests Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Trevor Linden, as well as numerous NHL Alumni™, the Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup.

Tickets $50 (taxes included)-Tickets available at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, please call 778-257-5900.

 

The Music of Hockey Presented by Scotiabank, with host Ron MacLean
Friday, February 5, 2016-7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Sandman Centre

Musical guests include hockey legend Bryan Trottier, Dave Bidini & Bidini Band, Tom Wilson, Barney Bentall, Amelia Curran, Craig Northey and Lindy Vopnfjord with numerous special guests making stage appearances throughout the evening.

All tickets $5.00-available at the Sandman Centre Box Office

 

Kamloops Blazers VS Edmonton Oil Kings
Saturday, February 6, 2016- 5:00 p.m. – Sandman Centre

Special Guests Ron MacLean and Don Cherry will be on-site for the official puck drop

 

Tickets are available at the Sandman Centre Box Office

 

A number of other free, local community activities will also take place throughout the community over the multi-day hockey celebration, including an Opening Ceremony at Sun Peaks on Wednesday, February 3, public viewings of the Stanley Cup®, the Memorial Cup, school visits and minor hockey clinics. On Saturday, February 6 at Sandman Centre, hockey fans will enjoy a youth road hockey tournament, Sportsnet’s live 13-hour broadcast featuring all seven all seven Canadian NHL® teams in action, NHL Alumni™ autograph sessions, free merchandise, and a Blazers pre-game party. The weekend will also play host to Scotiabank’s Community HockeyFest event, where sponsored minor hockey teams can participate in an on-ice clinic with NHL Alumni™.

 

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a nationally televised event, produced by Sportsnet. Each year a host city is selected from a number of applicants, with the 2016 event to be hosted in Kamloops, BC.

 

Previous host locations include: Halifax, NS (2015); Lloydminster, AB/SK (2014); Peterborough, ON (2013); Prince Edward Island (2012); Whitehorse, Yukon (2011); Stratford, ON (2010); Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, MB (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, N.L., (2006); Shaunavon, SK (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, AB (2001); and Toronto, ON (2000).

 

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets™, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also supports the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 5,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank’s hockey programs, please visit www.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.

 

About Kamloops

Located in the southern interior between Vancouver and the Alberta border and with a population of 87,000, Kamloops is a thriving hub of business, arts, culture, sport and recreation. With more than $60 million invested in new and improved sport venues, Kamloops is proudly known as Canada’s Tournament Capital. Home to the largest Minor Hockey Association in BC as well as the WHL Kamloops Blazers, Kamloops has a long and storied history in hockey. To learn more about Kamloops, visit www.kamloops.ca

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