Star-studded lineup set for Hockey Night in Barrie charity game
2006 OHL #1 draft pick Steven Stamkos, Sarnia Sting
More marquee names have been added to the roster for the upcoming Hockey Night In Barrie (HNIB) fundraiser.
Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos, a two-time Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer, has signed on to play in the Aug. 15 charity game at the Barrie Molson Centre in support of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
The Sarnia Sting alumnus was drafted first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft after two stellar seasons in the OHL.
Also added to the HNIB roster was David Clarkson, who recently signed a five-year contract with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The rugged winger comes to the Leafs after more than six seasons with the New Jersey Devils, where he scored 30 goals in 2011-12.
Nashville Predators forward Richard Clune will also make his debut at this year’s HNIB game. He played for the Barrie Colts during the 2006-07 season before turning pro.
Barrie Colts forward Dylan Corson, son of NHLer and Barrie native Shayne Corson, will also hit the ice for the Aug. 15 charity game, organized by Barrie MP Patrick Brown.
Barrie Ball Hockey chairman Brian Broley will also be on the bench joining the assistant coaches. He founded the Barrie Ball Hockey Club 19 years ago in 1994, and it has grown steadily ever since. In 2010, the club had 294 teams playing on four rinks, with an average of 8,200 players a week.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover will also serve as an assistant coach, alongside Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney. Additionally, Simcoe-Grey MP Dr. Kellie Leitch, the new minister of labour and the status of women, will be behind the bench.
Also playing in the game will be CFB Borden Lt.-Col. James Hersey and federal Justice Minister Peter Mackay.
Representing the Sheba Shrine Club Barrie will be Justin Heran as a community player, as will Laurentian University chancellor Steve Paikin and Dr. Dave Boushy, medical director of Little Lake Seniors Community and Health Centre.
Tickets are available at Brown's office, 200-299 Lakeshore Dr., or online at www.hockeynightinbarrie.com.