Rocky Mountain Hockey Night coming to Airdrie in September
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:28 am
The annual Rocky Mountain Hockey event put on by Wild Rose MP Blake Richards is coming to Airdrie on Sept. 7, but with a brand new format.
After having a pro-am hockey game that featured NHL (National Hockey League) stars such as Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle for the last five years, this year’s event will be an informal banquet at Il Forno Pizzeria and Restorante where several high-profile pro hockey personalities will be speaking.
“We were looking to do something different after having the game for the last five years,” Richards said.
“We have found in the past that a lot of people have enjoyed the event after the game for the sponsors and volunteers where they have mingled with the players and what not, and my political colleagues have enjoyed hearing the stories in the dressing room as they have been with the NHL players.”
“I thought to myself, why don’t we make those things the central focus for our event and to have the spectators get up close and personal with their hockey heroes as they tell stories from their careers,” he added.
The banquet, which will get underway at 4:30 p.m., will again raise funds for victim services in the area, with Cochrane & Area Victims Services, Bow Valley Victims Services, Airdrie & District Victims Assistance, and Chinook Arch Victims Services all to receive proceeds from the event.
“Over the last five years, we’ve been able to raise $280,000 for Victim Services in the area, and we’re looking forward to adding more money to that total this year,” Richards said.
“In addition to the funds raised from ticket sales, we will be holding a silent auction once again this year,” he added.
“That will include trips to the Rockies, flights to anywhere in the world that WestJet or Air Canada fly, along with hockey memorabilia.”
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.rockyhockeynight.com or at Richards’ constituency office at 620 First Avenue NW.