Canada may not have any teams left in the race this season for the National Hockey League’s ultimate prize, but this week there’s still a way you can get your Stanley Cup fill.
NHL Alumni who combined have won 15 NHL championships will be on the ice — and one behind the bench — for the inaugural Kubota Canada/Gerard’s Equipment Pics & Sticks Charity Hockey Game, scheduled for May 15 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
“This is a great opportunity to relive the Edmonton Oilers glory years of the 1980s and 1990s,” said co-organizer Kevin Primeau of Primeau Properties’ Kids Matter Youth Foundation. “Glenn Anderson is going to be on the ice along with Marty McSorley, Larry Melnyk and Geoff Courtnall.
Anderson won six Cups, five with the Oilers and one more with the New York Rangers. McSorley and Melnyk won two each. All three will be playing for the Edmonton Oilers Alumni squad.
Behind the bench for the NHL Alumni team is New York Islanders great Bob Bourne, who won four Stanley Cups during the early 1980s.
Osoyoos native Chuck Kobasew will also be playing for the NHL Alumni.
Other NHL Alumni participating in the charity game is expected to include Greg Adams, Dave Babych, Dixon Ward, Kirk McLean, Kraig Nienhuis, Cliff Ronning and Todd Simpson.
Former Oilers on the ice are expected to include Rob Brown, Garth Butcher, Cory Cross, Curtis Glencross, Doug Hicks, Chris Joseph, BC MacDonald, Dean McAmmond and Bob McCammon.
Former Oilers head coach Ron Low will be behind the bench.
The inaugural charity fundraiser will benefit Spirit of the Game, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Make A Wish BC & Yukon, and Basics for Babies, also includes a golf tournament, banquet and country music concert at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip outside of Osoyoos May 16.
The two-day event is being hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Edmonton Oilers Alumnus, Primeau.
Sponsors include Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Spirit Ridge Resort, Skaha Hills Residential Neighbourhoods, Greyback Construction, Sonora Dunes Golf Course.
Tickets to the charity hockey game — at just $16 each — can be purchased at RE/MAX Osoyoos or online at soec.ca.