NHL alumni to lace them up for hospital fundraiser in Niagara Falls


Published February 22, 2023 at 10:23 am

Wendel Clark, one of the most popular players ever to lace them up for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be one of the NHL alumni playing in this week's charity tournament. (Photo: nhl.com)

Some lucky amateurs will be going into the corners with former NHL stars this weekend in Niagara Falls and before the skates even hit the ice, the big winner will be a St. Catharines hospital.

The NHL legends hitting the ice for the Seventh Annual Celebrity Ice Cup includes Jeremy Roenick, Mike Krushelnyski, John LeClair, Wayne Primeau, Wendel Clark, Shayne Corson, Al Iafrate, Rick Vaive, Brad May, Andre Roy, Dave McLlwain, Craig Muni and Darryl Shannon.

The annual Ice Cup Tourney is Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation’s main fundraiser to support the region’s only rehabilitation centre in St. Catharines.

Individuals and teams have been fundraising for this event and with a target of $100,000, this year’s squads put it above the top shelf, raising a stunning $171,409.

While the two-day tourney starts on Feb. 24 at 8 am in Niagara Falls’ Gale Centre, the big ticket game will be at noon that day when the top fundraisers from each of the 13 teams squares off against the NHL Alumni All-Star squad.

This year, the top single fundraiser was Jonathon Wetselaar, who single-handedly collected $8,875 while the top team was the HOPA Ports, who raised $28,285 as a squad.

“This two-day charitable hockey experience is designed for amateur hockey players to play with and against legendary NHL alumni, all while raising funds for Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation,” say organizers.

The fun kicks off on Feb. 23 with a Draft Party when the teams get to select the former NHLers who will be playing for their squad.

For more information on the tournament, check HERE.

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