Saturday, December 31, 2016
NHL alumni and local law enforcement once again took to the ice for the annual NHL Alumni Benefit Tour to usher in this weekend’s Hometown Hockey Tour.
The NHL legends and Pembroke Law Enforcement All-Stars have been squaring off for the game every year to raise funds for the local Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
“I’m looking forward to just the community being able to watch the NHL alumni play while supporting a great cause,” said Inspector Mark Wolfe, Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachment commander. “I grew up watching a lot of those NHL guys play so it’s neat to see them here, watch them play and interact with them. Community is important to them and the needs of the community are important to them, so there are a lot of similarities between the police and the NHL alumni.”
This year’s charity hockey game took place at the Petawawa Civic Centre on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.
Hundreds of hockey fans of all ages filed into the arena to enjoy an evening of Canada’s beloved sport – with parents and grandparents reliving their NHL memories while young children watched the legends for the first time.
Die-hard hockey fans who purchased VIP tickets also had the chance to shake hands with the NHL legends during an exclusive locker-room meet-and-greet.
The lineup for the NHL Alumni team included players from Stanley Cup winning teams and a slew of former Ottawa Senators.
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