Calgary Flames player to take part in Hockey Night
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:28 am
One of the newest members of the Calgary Flames and a hockey player with ties to Airdrie is one of the main attractions for this year’s Rocky Mountain Hockey Night fundraiser for RCMP Victims Services.
Cochrane native Mason Raymond, who led the Airdrie Xtreme to the Western Bantam AAA Championship finals in 2001, is one of several hockey personalities slated to speak at the event, hosted by Wild Rose MP Blake Richards at Il Forno Pizzeria and Ristorante in Airdrie at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.
“A lot of people in this area are really proud of him and to have him be able to join our event and tell stories about his career in the NHL so far will be great,” Richards said.
“Along with that, I’m sure a lot of people will be curious to hear his thoughts about playing with the Flames, especially with all of the young guys they have coming in.”
“Mason is someone we’ve tried to have come and take part in our event when we had the charity hockey game for the last five years, but now that he’s a member of the Flames, we are able to bring him in,” he added.
After hosting a charity hockey game in Rocky View County for the last five years, the event format was changed to an informal banquet this year, to allow hockey fans a chance to meet and get to know the players they have watched over the years.
Raymond will be joined by a number of former players for the event.
Among the names slated to take part in the event so far are two-time Stanley Cup champion Jamie Macoun, Calgary Flames colour commentator and former National Hockey League (NHL) all-star Charlie Simmer, one-time Detroit Red Wings captain Dennis Polonich, and former NHL players Zarley Zalapski, Morris Lukowich, and Tony Stiles.
“Jamie and Dennis are guys that I’ve had the chance to meet over the years, and the tales that they are going to be telling are going to have the audiences in stitches,” Richards said.
“We will be announcing some more names in the coming weeks leading up to the event, and I would tell those that are interested in attending to get their tickets early so that they don’t miss out,” he added. Tickets for the event are $45 and can be purchased online at www.rockyhockeynight.com or at Richards’ constituency office at 620 First Avenue NW.