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Bourque, B's alumni in town tonight 0

Lance Holdforth - Special to the Examiner
Gary Hershorn Reuters - Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque, shown here lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, will be in Barrie tonight as a member of the Boston Bruins alumni team.

Gary Hershorn Reuters - Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque, shown here lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001 as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, will be in Barrie tonight as a member of the Boston Bruins alumni team.

The crowd will be cheering 'let's go black and gold' when Boston Bruins alumni take to the ice of the Barrie Molson Centre tonight.

Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and Terry O'Reilly will be backed by an all-star team when they square off with the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch team for charity.

"It's usually a very entertaining game," Middleton said.

"Sometimes it's very competitive. It all depends on the opposition."

Referee legend Kerry Fraser with be keeping the boys in line by calling the shots, and 58-year-old Middleton said fans will get an old school lesson in hockey.

"Even though we're older we can move the puck around pretty good, and I expect a very entertaining game," he said. "It's great to get out there with the guys. It's like the old days."

Middleton first laced up with the Bruins in 1976 when he scored three goals in his first game with Boston before going on to get almost 900 points in his 12-year career as a Bruin.

"Once you step out on the ice, you forget that you're close to 60 years old and the back hurts and the legs are aching a little," he said. "But once you start playing the game and passing the puck around it still feels like when you were a kid on the pond."

Fans will get a taste of classic hockey from some of the best to ever play in the NHL while they play to raise money for the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

After 37 years of calling plays in the NHL, Fraser is back on the ice with some guys he has a long history with.

"For me, as a 30-year-veteran of the NHL wars, it's a thrill to be back on the ice with legends of the game," he said. "The Boston Bruins organization is obviously rich and steeped in tradition, and they were known as the big bad Bruins."

The non-contact game is set to entertain fans while offering a bit of history about one of the original six teams while being fun for everyone.

"I've done four of these tours now, and what people can expect to see are some guys who have slowed down a little bit, but their hands and their heads are intact," he said. "We do a play-by-play as the players are going and I tell stories through a wireless microphone. I will be providing anecdotes and interviewing players at ice level."

Barrie will be the second stop on a six-game tour and Fraser said refereeing this time around will a bit different.

"It's good being able to get back into sharing time with them. I'll be in a much more relaxed environment," he said. "I get to ride on the team bus as oppose to the team bus trying to run me off the road."

Aside from being known for his impenetrable hair, Fraser has called more than 1,900 regular season games, 260 Stanley Cup playoff games and was an official at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Much of Fraser's call's and memorable moments have been illustrated in his book, Final Call.

"The fans get to see these legendary stars play and they get to reach out and touch them," Fraser said. "You'll see some really skilled play, great puck handling, passing, and you can see why the players were such legendary members of the game."

The game starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25.

For more information, visit www.oldtimershockey.com.

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