PALMERSTON – Calling all Habs fans!
A team of Montreal Canadiens alumni will be coming to the Palmerston and District Community Centre Complex on Nov. 18 in collaboration with Minto and Drayton Minor Hockey.
The event is a charity hockey game where the alumni will play against local players from the Minto and Mapleton area.
“The proceeds of the event benefit Drayton Minor Hockey and Minto Minor Hockey,” said Brian Da Silva, senior coordinator of sales and events with the Canadiens Alumni.
“It’s a fundraiser for those hockey groups that will help keep the cost of hockey attainable, and provide opportunities for the youth in those small towns,” he added.
Proceeds will come from ticket sales, the 50/50 raffle and a silent auction for a signed jersey.
The food booth and bar will also be open at the event.
The Montreal Canadiens Alumni have been doing these charity hockey games for more than 40 years. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, around 30 to 40 games were played across North America each year.
For the Palmerston event, the arena capacity is 700. There will be regular ticket sales to fill 600 seats for $20, and the other 100 seats will be VIP and sold for $100 each. The VIP seats give the opportunity to meet the players before the game.
The meet and greet will be held from 5 to 6pm where fans can get autographs, take photos and get the exclusive opportunity to mingle with players. Puck drop is at 7pm.
Although it is subject to change, the roster set up for the night will be: #33 Richard Sevigny, #6 Oleg Petrov, #25 Mathieu Dandenault, #26 Normand Dupont, #26 Pierre Dagenais, #27 Gilbert Delorme, #36 Sergio Momesso, #43 Mike Weaver, #44 Stephane Richer, #45 Gilbert Dionne and coach Chris Nilan.
“We’re looking for a great event in a small town that maybe doesn’t always get the opportunity to host these types of games. I think it’s a pretty unique event that’s coming to a small community, and we hope that people come out,” said Da Silva.
To purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
There are no refunds on tickets, organizers advise.