NHL stars, Olympic greats lace up for Hockey Night in Brampton healthcare charity game

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Published August 22, 2023 at 10:20 am

After weeks of anticipation, some of Canada’s biggest names in hockey will take to the ice this week to help raise money for Brampton’s second hospital and youth mental health services.

The puck will drop on Hockey Night in Brampton this Wednesday (Aug. 23), a star-studded charity game first launched in 2019.

The first outing raised more than $400,000 in support of the cardiology program at Brampton Civic Hospital and, after a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s game will support the William Osler Health System’s youth mental health services as well as the new Brampton hospital.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ John Tavares, Mark Giordano, and Brampton’s Sean Monahan of the Montreal Canadiens were some of the first players attached to the game along with NHL legends Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, Leafs’ icon Daryl Sittler, Olympic Gold-medalists Renata Fast and Brianne Jenner, and former Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick.

“Having kids of my own puts healthcare in perspective and how important it is to have access to it when needed, so I’m really thankful and fortunate to be able to help give back to the communities of Brampton and Etobicoke and help raise funds to provide more access to healthcare for those communities,” Tavares said in a video message promoting the charity game.

Other names include Ron MacLean, host of Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey, broadcaster Rod Black, goalie Malcolm Subban of the St. Louis Blues, and NHLer and former member of the Brampton Battalion Raffi Torres.

“We need to get our second hospital built and this fundraiser will help us do that,” said Mayor Brown in a release. “Come see some of your favourite current NHL stars and hockey legends go toe to toe while we work towards supporting a critical healthcare need in our community.”

The game will be played at the CAA Centre at 7575 Kennedy Rd. South in Brampton, with a pre-game autograph signing for fans to meet with Gilmour and Clark, and free family-friendly activities including face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a silent auction.

Tickets for the charity game are $15.00 and are available online. Donations can also be made directly to the William Osler Health Foundation. The pre-game action starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday followed by a puck drop ceremony at 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit www.hockeynightbrampton.ca.

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