ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Continuing to build on the momentum that has seen it named the top event for the United Way of St. Catharines and District for the past three years, Hockey Night in St. Catharines is slated to return with a star-studded lineup of current and former NHLers.
The fourth annual charity event hosted by St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra has raised more than $365,000 over its first three years, with the funds raised being donated to the United Way of St. Catharines and District and Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Program at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. This year’s game will return to the Jack Gatecliff Arena at the Garden City Complex on August 10th at 3 p.m. with a few hockey hall of famers in attendance — and on the ice.
“It’s exciting to see how this event continues to grow year after year, helping to do so much for the St. Catharines, and entire Niagara, community,” says Dykstra. “The players have been tremendous to work with, we’ve had excellent response from our sponsors and the community has shown incredible support by coming out to a hockey game in the middle of their summer.”
This year’s game will be paired with a roast of former NHL player and coach Steve Ludzik, who will captain a team opposite Dykstra.
“I can’t say enough about the players who are willing to come out and support this great cause,” says Ludzik, who is battling Parkinson’s disease and will be the subject of a roast to be held the night before the game at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. “They put on a great show for the fans. It’s a great example of how tight the hockey community is.”
Hall of Fame NHL referee Ron Hoggarth will be back to patrol the action on the ice — microphone in hand. Hall of Fame NHL goalie and St. Catharines native Gerry Cheevers will be behind one bench, while Stanley Cup winner Mike Keenan will be behind the other. Slated to appear on the ice are Mike Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk, Paul Coffey, Rick Vaive, Doug Pavell, Dan Girardi, Cal Clutterbuck, Tom McCarthy, Zenon Konopka, Paul Bissonette, Paul Thomas and Ric Nattress, with more player announcements expected in the coming weeks.
“Hockey Night in St. Catharines has been an incredible event that supports the programs so many Niagara families count on,” says Frances Hallworth, Executive Director of the United Way of St. Catharines and District. “It is a great boost that gets our annual campaign off to an excellent start.”
Tickets for Hockey Night in St. Catharines are now available at a cost of $15 each, or $150 for VIP tickets. They can be purchased at the Niagara IceDogs office at 35 Queen St. in downtown St. Catharines, at Rick Dykstra’s constituency office at 61 Geneva St., at the United Way of St. Catharines and District office at 80 King Street in St. Catharines and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket sales are a crucial part of the fundraising effort for the United Way of St. Catharines and District and Parkinson’s disease research; the price of the ticket is a small way for everyone in the community to help out.
Information on VIP ticket packages, the VIP reception and other players and celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Follow the 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 #HNISC4. Get more information at www.hockeynightinstcatharines.com.
About Hockey Night in St. Catharines IV:
Hockey Night in St. Catharines IV is a charity hockey game featuring Canadian MPs and elite hockey players that raises funds for the United Way of St. Catharines and District and Parkinson’s disease research. Since the initial game in 2010, Hockey Night in St. Catharines has been named the United Way’s top fundraising event three years running, raising more than $365,000.