Pier-Luc Byham and Diane Matichak of the HGH Foundation at their November 23 press conference announcing the Canadiens Alumni Hockey Game.

HGH Foundation’s hockey game

The HGH Foundation announced its fundraising hockey game event which pits the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team against the HGH/Scotiabank team during a press conference on November 23. This event will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex.

“This event is probably the most popular of our fundraising events. There are exciting events scheduled throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy,” said Diane Matichak, philanthropic project coordinator at the HGH Foundation.

The event’s major sponsor is Scotiabank (Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury and Russell). The day will start with a Canadiens Alumni Hockey School, a full hour of training by former NHL players and Habs legends starting at 4:30 p.m. The session, recognized by Hockey Canada, is open to all students that are competitive and noncompetitive in Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam, and Midget levels. Tickets for this activity is $25 per student.

A cocktail with the Montréal Canadiens Alumni, presented by Laplante-Chevrolet-Cadillac, will be held in the community centre at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex following the hockey school session at 5 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served while people can meet and mingle with the players or even have them autograph two personal items. Tickets for the cocktail event are cost $75 per person.

The hockey game will start at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $20 per person. Tickets will be go sale December 1 at Scotiabank branches in Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill and Russell. You may also purchase your tickets directly at the HGH Foundation’s office located at 175 Main Street West, Suite 101, in Hawkesbury from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Patrice Brisebois has confirmed his presence and the HGH Foundation is waiting on confirmations for Chris Nilan and Guy Lalfeur.

“ScotiaBank decided to play an active role in the community and we are proud to support the work that the HGH Foundation does. We have been supporting the HGH Foundation since the beginning of the major reorganization of the hospital. We are  thrilled to support this event again this year,” said Sylvain Labrie, manager of Scotiabank in Vankleek  Hill.

“I personally had the privilege of playing two years ago, and I can tell you that it was definitely an exceptional experience. When you take a face-off against Guy Carbonneau, it’s something very special. I encourage everybody in the community to actively participate in this event so that we can make it a resounding success.”

The HGH Foundation has many active spots to fill, but according to Pierre-Luc Byham, executive director at the Foundation, these spots will be gone quickly. Here is a list of the spots that are available. Registration starts on December 1 and can be done via the website www.hgh.ca/foundation or by calling 613-632-1111 ext: 21101.

  1. PLAYER – DREAM FOR A DAY (2 spots available)
    Play as part of the Canadiens Alumni team for an incredible experience.  An official, personalized hockey jersey is included.  Available at a cost of $1,500 per person
  2. ASSISTANT COACH – DREAM FOR A DAY (1 spot available)
    Assistant coach on the Canadiens Alumni team.  Available at a cost of $750.
  3. PLAYER – HOME TEAM (15 spots available consisting of: 9 Forwards; 6 Defense, and 2 Goalies)
    Join the HGH/Scotia Bank team and play against the Canadiens Alumni at a cost of $500 per player.  A hockey jersey in the home team’s colours is included.
  4. REFEREE OR LINESMAN (1 referee spot for the game & 2 linesman spots available per period)
    Available at a cost of $500 per person.

This event is part of the Access 2018 campaign.  This campaign will help HGH acquire two pieces of state-of-the-art equipment: a 64-slice CT scanner and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.  All proceeds of this event will be directed to this campaign.

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