Hockey Night in Brantford 2017 Final Details Unveiled
Brantford-Brant’s premier celebration of everything hockey, Hockey Night in Brantford, will cap off its six-year run of delivering high-level hockey action, family-friendly entertainment, and community giving on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
“Hockey Night in Brantford has been a major investment in our community. It has served as a catalyst for community giving, a celebration of our rich hockey heritage, and a venue for showcasing and bringing together beloved local stars and the next generation of talent set to build on our community’s story of athletic excellence,” said MP McColeman. “This year, we’ve put together a roster and a program that ensures we go out on a high note.”
For six years, hockey fans have come together at Hockey Night in Brantford to witness local legends like Doug ‘the Iron Man’ Jarvis and Pat Hickey, Brandon Montour and other budding superstars, women’s hockey stars like Laura Fortino, and current fan favourites Adam Henrique and Zac Dalpe - who have served as team captains and community ambassadors each year since the game’s inception.
Henrique, Dalpe and Montour will return this year alongside a renewed cast of skaters that includes Jake Dotchin, a native of Glen Morris who was drafted in 2012 and made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning this past season. Tasked with focusing Team Henrique on the prize of hoisting the Speaker’s Cup one final time will be first-time HNIB coach, and NHL Jack Adams award winner, Bruce Boudreau of the Minnesota Wild. Boudreau takes his place behind the bench alongside local legend Walter Gretzky, and will square off against NHL, AHL and OHL player and coaching veteran Jay Wells.
HNIB organizers have been hard at work to make the August 9th finale the most memorable evening of entertainment yet for local sports fans. TSN 1150’s Tatti and Marsh show will broadcast live from the event from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, and Coach Bruce Boudreau will host a “Boudreau’s Bench” segment after the final buzzer. Game-day activities will also include a family skate from 5 to 6 pm for all game day ticket holders, a display by Brantford’s storied Zamboni company, a play zone courtesy of RBC Brantford, a post-game autograph session, a life-sized Adam Henrique bobblehead, and the Brantford All-Star Roving Comedy Hockey Team, “Cheap Skates”, featuring Wally “Powder Play” Warwick, Randy “Ice Ice” Papple, Brent “Pull the Goalie” Goodnough, Marty “Stumble” Chapple, and Doug “Slips” Hunt.
Also as part of this year’s event, Hockey Night in Brantford is proud to pay tribute to Roger Davis – a widely respected businessman and philanthropist who has dedicated his life to helping build our great, prosperous community. The game provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of Roger Davis, his family and Davis Fuels; and to offer sincere thanks for their many contributions and unwavering dedication to sports in Brantford-Brant.
Over five seasons, HNIB has raised $438,000 to help those in need across the Brantford-Brant community. This year’s fundraising campaign aims to deliver a boost to support Arnold Anderson Sport Fund, to ensure that young people have access to the positive benefits of organized sport; and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie in a drive to cut down on its waiting list and expand its impact on local youth. Empire Communities is returning as the event’s Title Sponsor with a third consecutive $20,000 contribution along with a long list of likeminded businesses and individuals who are making an investment in our community.
Kicking off the event on Tuesday, August 8th, at the Brantford Golf & Country Club, MP McColeman and MPP Levac will host a silent and live auction of sports memorabilia, unique dining experiences, creative artwork and more to support the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our community.
Game-day tickets are on sale now at the Arnold Anderson Sport Fund, the Expositor, the Best Western, GameTime and online at www.hockeynightinbrantford.ca at a family friendly price of $10, and $5 for seniors and children. Raffle tickets also remain on sale, offering lucky fans a chance to win two tickets anywhere that Air Canada flies or two tickets anywhere that WestJet flies.
Full rosters and player bios are available at www.hockeynightinbrantford.ca.
Hockey Night in Brantford Game-Day:
Family skate: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6:45 pm
Puck Drop: 7:00 pm