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NHL hockey legends will play for charity

The Heroes of Hockey Challenge is coming to Abbotsford on April 7  for a charity game between the  Hockey Legends (former NHL players) and the Heroes Hockey Challenge Warriors (some of the best Western Canadian military hockey players).

“Many of our military heroes grew up playing hockey all across Canada with some playing at major junior hockey levels,” said Captain Dan Spielman, who is team captain of HHC Warriors.

Former NHL hockey greats who have played with the Hockey Legends include Dave Babych, Gino Odjick, Dave “Tiger” Williams, Larry Melnyk and others.

“We’re expecting an exciting hockey game with these warriors,” said Babych, a former Vancouver Canuck player.

The game is designed to be a fun outing for families with a chance to see hockey legends in action. The game will also feature a ceremony to honour the nation’s fallen soldiers, as well as entertainment, a military band and displays, hockey souvenirs and memorabilia, and a chance to collect autographs.

In conjunction with the game, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Foundation and its Heroes Hockey Challenge partners will conduct a gala dinner at Phoenix Lounge in Abbotsford on Saturday, April 6.

Proceeds from ticket sales and the dinner will go towards the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Foundation, a charitable organization which provides needed funds for the benefit of the families of the fallen; wounded soldiers, their families; and the veterans and their families.

More information on the foundation and its work may be found at ppclifoundation.ca.

Information on the Gala Dinner and the hockey game is available at the Heroes Hockey Challenge website heroeshockeychallenge.com.

The game is set for April 7 at 2:45 p.m.

Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, the AESC box office, Abbotsford and Matsqui recreation centres and Whatcom Wine & Spirits. They are also available at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre (until Jan. 15).

You can also call 1-866-977-2372.

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