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WHL Ride For The Kids

  

The Western Hockey League, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Scotiabank and a group of WHL Alumni led by Kelly Chase, Dave Chartier and Curtis Leschyshyn today announced plans for a province wide celebrity bike relay in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. 

The event, to be referred to as the “WHL Ride for the Kids”, presented by Scotiabank, will feature former WHL and NHL players participating in a 655 kilometer bike relay across the province of Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funding for the new Children’s Hospital in Saskatchewan.

The WHL Ride for the Kids will feature stops in all five WHL Saskatchewan centres from June 5-9, 2011 with fundraising events being staged following each leg of the relay by the Prince Albert Raiders, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats.  The WHL Ride for the Kids will be launched with a kick-off event in Prince Albert on June 5 with the first leg of the bike relay starting the morning of June 6 at the Scotiabank branch in Prince Albert and concluding later that afternoon in Saskatoon. 

The WHL Ride for the Kids has received a strong response from former Saskatchewan WHL and NHL players who are eager to participate in this unique fundraising event.  Players who plan to participate in the event thus far include; Barrett Jackman, Jordan Eberle, Luke Schenn,  Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward, Colby Armstrong, Josh Harding and Rhett Warrener.

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with the WHL, an organization not only dedicated to excellence on the ice, but one that shares our commitment and desire to make a difference in our community,” said Kim Braun, District Vice President, Saskatchewan North District, Scotiabank. “At Scotiabank, we believe in contributing to the communities in which we live, work, and do business, and being part of such a great event in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan fits perfectly with this mandate.” 

“There is a part of Saskatchewan in all of us,” commented WHL and NHL Alumnus Kelly Chase, “This is a great way for us to give thanks to the Western Hockey League for all they have done for us and to thank the people of Saskatchewan by raising awareness and funds for the much needed new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.”

“The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is grateful to the WHL, Kelly Chase, and all NHL and WHL players and former players who have taken their time to be involved in this amazing fundraiser.  We are thankful for their tireless efforts in support of the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan and the children and families of this province.  The WHL Ride for Kids is an amazing testament to how the people of province of Saskatchewan continue to come together in supporting this wonderful project,” states Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

“The WHL and our five Saskatchewan based WHL Clubs are very excited to support this wonderful fundraising initiative by members of our WHL Alumni in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “This is another great example of how passionate our players and our teams are to assist in raising funds for such an important cause in their home province.”

About the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is a provincial charity raising awareness and funds for pediatric medical research, equipment, education and the provincial children’s hospital. We are the Saskatchewan member of Children’s Miracle NetworkÒ, 100% dedicated to Saskatchewan children and their hospital, and proud partners of the Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regions on the children’s hospital project.  www.childrenshospitalsask.ca

About Kelly Chase
Chase’s quest to support the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan began with his appearance on the CBC’s Battle of the Blades and continues with The WHL Ride for the Kids.  Born in Porcupine Plain, SK, he played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1985-88 before joining the St. Louis Blues in 1988.  Kelly retired from hockey in 2000 having appeared in 458 NHL games.  Chase now works as a colour commentator for the St. Louis Blues broadcast team.  He is a recipient of the Volunteer Medal of Saskatchewan for his contributions to the province of Saskatchewan.

About the WHL
Western Hockey League (WHL) is the largest major junior hockey league in the world today with 22 member Clubs throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The WHL attracts over 4 million spectators each season to regular season and playoff games and is a world leader in player development and scholarship opportunities.  Each season the WHL is one of the top leagues from which players are selected from in the NHL Entry Draft. Currently over 20% of all NHL players are graduates of the WHL. The WHL is also a leading provider of post-secondary scholarships with over 400 scholarships awarded each year to current and graduate WHL players, more than any other league in North America. The WHL is a member of the Canadian Hockey League (together with the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) which consists of 60 member clubs from coast to coast in Canada and the northern United States.

About Scotiabank
As the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHLPA®, NHL Alumni™ and the CWHL, Scotiabank is very proud to be Canada’s Hockey Bank.  Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues.  Through its partnerships, Scotiabank’s hockey programs enrich the communities where Canadians live and work by engaging fans and players in new ways to celebrate our game.  Scotiabank supports the passion and pride Canadians feel for hockey and believes it is fundamental to helping young people learn about teamwork, camaraderie and the spirit of competition. Scotiabank’s partnership with Pro Hockey Life provides exclusive in-store and online discounts to the Bank’s customers, promotes advice on equipment and enhances the grassroots community programs of both companies.  Scotiabank also has partnerships with the Montreal Canadiens®, the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome, and the Ottawa Senators® whose home arena is Scotiabank Place.  For more information on Scotiabank’s hockey programs visit www.scotiahockeyclub.com.

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, ‘Bright Future’.  Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

  

EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, June 5 – Prince Albert

6:00pm                
WHL Ride for the Kids Kick-Off
Ches Leach Lounge – Art Hauser Centre

6:00 PM – Reception
7:00 – Dinner – casual event with the meal beef on a bun and salads
8:00 – Program, Silent and Live Auction

For further information please contact the Prince Albert Raiders Office by calling 306-764-5348 or e-mail info@raiderhockey.com

Monday, June 6 – Prince Albert to Saskatoon

8:00am                
Scotiabank Community Send-Off – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank – 670-800 15th St E, Prince Albert

9:30am                
Riders depart from Scotiabank

5 hour ride time plus breaks

3:30pm                
Arrive Scotiabank – Welcome celebration – speakers/autographs
Lawson Heights Mall – 134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon

7:30pm                
So You Want To Be A Rock Star (70’s – 80’s theme) in support of the WHL Ride for the Kids
Field’s Building – 20th & Idylwyld Drive, Saskatoon
Tickets – $50.00 / person
Tickets can be purchased at the Saskatoon Blades Office or Bridge City Auto


For further information please contact the Saskatoon Blades Office by calling 306-975-8844 or e-mail info@saskatoonblades.com

Tuesday, June 7 – Saskatoon to Swift Current

7:00am                
Scotiabank Community Send-Off – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank – Westgate Plaza, 241 22nd St. W, Saskatoon

7:30am                
Riders depart from Scotiabank

11 hour ride time + breaks

11:00am – 1:00pm             
Community BBQ/Bake Sale Fundraising event at Scotiabank – Swift Current

1:00pm                
Pit Stop – Scotiabank, 218 Main St., Rosetown
Refreshments / autographs – 20 minute stop

7:30pm                
Arrive at Swift Current Indians Ball Game (Mitchell Field)– Auction Items/Speakers/Autographs

For further information please contact Leigh Duquette at the Swift current Broncos Office by calling 306-773-1509 ext 6 or email leigh.broncos@sasktel.net   


Wednesday, June 8 – Swift Current to Moose Jaw

8:00am                
Scotiabank  Community Send-Off – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank – 280 Central Ave N, Swift Current

7 hour ride time + breaks

4:00pm                
Arrive Scotiabank – Welcome celebration – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank – 303 Main St. N, Moose Jaw

6:30pm                
WHL Ride for the Kids Social
Hillcrest Golf Club
Reception for Public
8:30 Reception / Auction for Men’s Night Participants

For further information please contact Tia Hutchinson at the Moose Jaw Warriors Office By calling 306-694-5711 ext 24

Thursday, June 9 – Moose Jaw to Regina

8:30am                
Scotiabank Community Send-off – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank, 303 Main St N, Moose Jaw

3 hour ride time

11:30am              
Scotiabank Welcome / Finale Celebration – speakers/autographs
Scotiabank, 4110 South Albert St., Regina

1:00pm                
Sticks on Rose Street Golf Tournament

7:00pm                
Banquet – Grand Finale
Ramada Hotel Ballroom – 1818 Victoria Ave

For Tickets and further information please contact Kim at the Regina Pats Office by calling 306-337-1531 or email kflaman@reginapats.com

Friday, June 10


Sticks on Rose, Street Hockey Event
For information on this event please visit the Shooting Stars Foundation Website www.shootingstarsfoundation.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For up to date information on the WHL Ride for the Kids and special event updates visit www.whl.ca/whlrideforthekids

  

RIDE ROUTE

From: Scotiabank – 1203 Central Ave, Prince Albert, SK
To: Scotiabank – 4110 Albert St, Regina, SK
Total Distance: 652.6 km  Driving Time: 7hrs, 49 mins
Cycling Time: 26 hrs

DAY 1 – Monday, June 6

From: Scotiabank, 1203 Central Ave, Prince Albert, SK
To:  Scotiabank, Lauson Heights Mall, 134 Primrose Dr. Saskatoon, SK
Total Distance: 136.3 km  Driving Time: 1hrs, 37 mins
Cycling Time: 5 hrs


DAY 2 – Tuesday, June 7

From: Scotiabank, Westgate Plaza, 2410 22nd St. W, Saskatoon, SK
To: Scotiabank, 280 Central Ave. N, Swift Current , SK
Total Distance: 266.2 km  Driving Time: 3hrs, 29 mins
Cycling Time: 11 hrs

DAY 3 – Wednesday, June 8

From: Scotiabank, 280 Central Ave. N, Swift Current, SK
To: Scotiabank, 303 Main St. N, Moose Jaw, SK
Total Distance: 173.3 km  Driving Time: 1hrs, 41 mins
Cycling Time: 7 hrs

DAY 4 – Thursday, June 9

From: Scotiabank, 303 Main St. N, Moose Jaw, SK
To:  Scotiabank, South Albert, 4110 Albert St, Regina, SK
Total Distance: 73.5 km  Driving Time: 50 mins
Cycling Time: 3 hrs

  

THE RIDERS

Kelly Chase
Chase’s quest to support the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan began with his appearance on the CBC’s Battle of the Blades and continues with The WHL Ride for the Kids.  Born in Porcupine, SK, he played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1985-88 before joining the St. Louis Blues in 1988.  Kelly retired from hockey in 2000 having appeared in 458 NHL games.  Chase now works as a colour commentator for the St. Louis Blues broadcast team.  He is a recipient of the Volunteer Medal of Saskatchewan for his contributions to the province of Saskatchewan.

Dave Chartier
A native of St. Lazare, MB, Dave Chartier spent three seasons playing in the WHL for the Brandon Wheat Kings from 1978-81.  A hard-nosed competitor with an offensive touch, Chartier enjoyed his best season for the Wheat Kings in 1980-81 where he scored 64 goals and 124 points to go with 295 penalty minutes.  Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 10th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Chartier suited up for one NHL game for the Jets in ’80-81.  He went on to play one season with the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL and two more seasons with the Sherbrooke Jets of the AHL before retiring in 1984.  Chartier returned to the WHL as an assistant coach with the Saskatoon Blades for the 1992-93, ’95-96, and 2006-07 seasons.

Curtis Leschyshyn
From Thompson, MB, defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn played two seasons in the WHL from 1986-88 where he starred for the Saskatoon Blades, scoring 28 goals and 95 points in 126 games.  Chosen by the Quebec Nordiques with the third overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Leschyshyn spent the next seven seasons with the Nordiques, and moved with the team to Colorado in 1995-96 where he helped the Avalanches win the 1996 Stanley Cup Championship.  Leschyshyn would go on to play for the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Ottawa Senators before retiring prior to the start of the 2005-06 season.  Leschyshyn played 1,033 career NHL games, compiling 47 goals and 212 points.  Leschyshyn and his family currently reside in Littleton, Colorado.

Barret Jackman
Born in Trail, B.C., Barret Jackman enjoyed a four-year career in the WHL with the Regina Pats from 1997-2001, where he played 234 regular-season games, scoring 28 goals and 139 points.  Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 17th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Jackman spent one year playing in the AHL with the Worcester IceCats in 2001-02 before making the jump to the NHL.  In 2002-03, Jackman played all 82 games for the Blues, notching three goals and 19 points while claiming the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year.  Jackman continues to play in the NHL with the Blues, having just completed his eighth NHL season.  The 30-year-old rearguard has 19 goals and 107 points in 517 career regular-season NHL games.

Jordan Eberle
A native of Regina, SK, Jordan Eberle spent four seasons in the WHL playing for his hometown Regina Pats.  The Pats’ seventh-round pick, 126th overall, in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft, Eberle led the Pats with 28 goals as a 16-year-old rookie in 2006-07, and would go on to record 155 goals and 310 points in 254 regular-season games for the Pats.  The 2008 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year and the 2010 WHL and CHL Player of the Year, Eberle was also a star on the international stage at the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level.  Famously known for his clutch scoring in his two appearances for Canada’s National Junior team, Eberle currently holds the All-Time scoring record for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.  Eberle was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and just completed his rookie season in the NHL in 2010-11 as the Oilers’ leading scorer.

Mike Sillinger
Born in Regina, SK, Mike Sillinger spent four seasons playing in the WHL with his hometown Regina Pats.  A skilled and speedy center, Sillinger appeared in 266 career regular-season games for the Pats, scoring 178 goals and 419 points, being named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star in 1991 and enjoying three straight 50-goal seasons in his final three seasons in Regina.  Selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round, 11th overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry draft, Sillinger would go on to play 1,049 career games in the NHL, scoring 240 goals and 548 points before retiring following the 2008-09 season.  During his 17 seasons in the NHL, Sillinger played for an NHL-record 12 different teams, earning him the nickname ‘The Journeyman’.  Sillinger is now the Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers.

Jamie Heward
A product of Regina, SK, Jamie Heward played four seasons in the WHL with his hometown Regina Pats from 1987-91.  An offensive, minded defenseman, Heward piled up 78 goals and 228 points over 268 career regular-season contests for the Pats, earning a spot on the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star team in 1991 alongside Pats’ teammate Mike Sillinger.  Heward was selected in the first round, 16th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, and made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1995-96 season.  Heward would go on to play 394 career games in the NHL, scoring 38 goals and 124 points while suiting up for the Leafs, Nashville, New York Islanders, Columbus, Washington, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay.  In addition, Heward played for Canada’s National Team, and enjoyed success in the AHL where he was named the 1997 Defenseman of the Year with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Colby Armstrong
A native of Saskatoon, SK, Colby Armstrong starred in the WHL for three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels from 1999-2002.  The Rebels’ sixth-round pick, 103rd overall, in the 1997 WHL Bantam draft, Armstrong appeared in 205 regular-season contests for the Rebels, notching 76 goals and 185 points.  He added another 12 goals and 29 points in 46 post-season contests, and helped lead the Rebels to the 2001 WHL Championship and Memorial Cup.  Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry draft, Armstrong spent three and a half seasons in the AHL before making his NHL debut with the Pens in 2005-06 where he skated alongside Sidney Crosby.  Armstrong currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he is an assistant captain, and has just finished his sixth season in the NHL.

Rhett Warrener
Hailing from Shaunavon, SK, Rhett Warrener spent three years in the WHL playing for the Saskatoon Blades from 1992-95.  Saskatoon’s first-round pick, 5th overall, in the 1991 WHL Bantam Draft, Warrener played 197 regular-season games for the Blades, scoring 22 goals and 84 points while racking up 368 penalty minutes.  Selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round, 27th overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry draft, Warrener made his NHL debut in 1995-96 and helped the Panthers all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.  Over the course of his 11-year NHL career, Warrener made three appearances in the Stanley Cup final with the Panthers in 1996, the Buffalo Sabres in 1999 and the Calgary Flames in 2004.  He played in 714 career regular-season games in the NHL, notching 106 points before retiring following the 2007-08 season.

Josh Harding
A Regina, SK, product, Josh Harding spent three seasons in the WHL from 2001-04 playing for his hometown Regina Pats and, later, the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Pats’ third-round pick, 53rd overall, in the 1999 WHL Bantam draft, Harding played 127 games for the Pats, and was named the 2003 WHL Goaltender of the Year and WHL Player of the Year.  In his final WHL season, Harding was traded to the Brandon Wheat Kings, helping the team to the second round of the playoffs.  Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry draft, Harding made his NHL debut for the Wild in 2005-06.  The 6’1”, 195-lb netminder has appeared in 83 career regular-season games for the Wild, posting a 28-39-4 record with four career shutouts.

At PA Event

PA to SAS Ride

 

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

 

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

 

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

 

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

 

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

 

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

 

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

 

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

 

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

 

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

 

DJ King

DJ King

 

Darcy Hordichuk

Darcy Hordichuk

 

Dane Byers

Dane Byers

 

David Manson

David Manson

 

Dustin Cameron

Ryan McDonald

 

Garrett Zemlak

Rhett Warrener

 

Ryan McDonald

Clarke Wilm

 

Robyn Regehr

   

Rhett Warrener

   
     

Ride into SAS

At SAS Event

SAS to SC Ride

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

DJ King

DJ King

Darcy Hordichuk

Darcy Hordichuk

Darcy Hordichuk

Derek Dorsett

Dane Byers

Derek Dorsett

Clarke Wilm

David Manson

Tim Chevaldae

Rhett Warrener

Ryan McDonald

Randy Smith

 

Rhett Warrener

Clarke Wilm

 

Clarke Wilm

Rhett Warrener

 

Tim Chevaldae

Boston Leier

 

Randy Smith

   

Boston Leier

   
     

Ride into SC

At SC Event

SC to MJ Ride

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

Darcy Hordichuk

Darcy Hordichuk

Darcy Hordichuk

Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett

Clarke Wilm

Clarke Wilm

Clarke Wilm

Rhett Warrener

Rhett Warrener

 

Keith Aulie

Keith Aulie

 
 

Derek Tendler

 
     

Ride into MJ

At MJ Event

MJ to REG Ride

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

Darcy Hordichuk

Jamie Heward

Jamie Heward

Derek Dorsett

Barret Jackman

Derek Dorsett

Clarke Wilm

Derek Dorsett

Mike Sillinger

 

Mike Sillinger

 
 

Josh Harding

 
 

Derek Kletzel

 
 

Jordan Eberle

 
     

Ride into REG

At REG Event

 

Kelly Chase

Kelly Chase

 

Curtis Leschyshyn

Curtis Leschyshyn

 

Dave Chartier

Dave Chartier

 

Mike Keane

Mike Keane

 

Colby Armstrong

Colby Armstrong

 

Riley Armstrong

Riley Armstrong

 

Kevin Kaminsky

Kevin Kaminsky

 

Tyler Boldt

Tyler Boldt

 

Yvonne Bergmann

Yvonne Bergmann

 

Ron Robison

Ron Robison

 

Jamie Heward

Jamie Heward

 

Barret Jackman

Barret Jackman

 

Mike Sillinger

Mike Sillinger

 

Josh Harding

Josh Harding

 

Jordan Eberle

Jordan Eberle

 

Jordan Weal

Jordan Weal

 

Garrett Mitchell

Garrett Mitchell

 

Brandon Davidson

Brandon Davidson

 

Lane Scheidl

Lane Scheidl

 

Tyler Borstmayer

Tyler Borstmayer

 

Jeff Glass

Jeff Glass

 

Derek Dorsett

Derek Dorsett

 

Additional riders will be added to the roster.  Please visit www.whl.ca/whlrideforthekids for updates.