FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016
GORD BAMFORD TO PLAY IN WHL’S 50TH SEASON PRO AM ALUMNI GAME AT SCOTIABANK HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
Kamloops, BC – The Western Hockey League (WHL) announced today that Canadian country music star Gord Bamford, a 22-time CCMA award winner and 2015 Male Artist of the Year, will suit up in the WHL’s 50th Season Pro Am Alumni Game on Thursday, February 4, as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations in Kamloops, BC.
The puck will drop on the WHL’s 50th Season Pro Am Alumni Game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops. The event will feature teams made up of NHL / WHL alumni and celebrity guests in a fun, family-oriented game, including such names as Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Lanny McDonald, Wendel Clark and Ron MacLean. The full roster will be announced later this week.
Fans will have an opportunity to bid on all player jerseys and receive them off the players’ backs, on-ice at the conclusion of the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to KidSport (www.kidsportcanada.ca), a charitable organization that provides financial assistance to kids who want to play organized sports. Both the WHL and Gord Bamford have long been supporters of KidSport. In addition to the jersey fundraiser, the Gord Bamford Foundation has pledged $125,000 to the organization over a five-year commitment.
Kamloops fans will have a chance to be Gord Bamford’s guest at the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Celebrity Luncheon on Thursday afternoon, and to receive tickets to cheer Gord on at the ProAm game, courtesy of Kamloops Country 103. Fans are encouraged to listen to Country 103 for contest details.
Tickets for the WHL 50th Season ProAm Game are available now at the Sandman Centre Box Office (250-828-3339) or Sahali TicketMaster (Adults/Seniors/Youth-$10 plus tax; Children 12 and under-$5 plus tax).
Fans are encouraged to wear a jersey throughout the week celebrating Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. Additional Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada events taking place in Kamloops from February 3 to 6, 2016, include:
Thursday, February 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (doors open 11:15 a.m.) – Tournament Capital Centre
With special guests Ron MacLean, Don Cherry, Trevor Linden, as well as numerous NHL Alumni™, the Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup.
Tickets $50 (taxes included)-Tickets available at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, please call 778-257-5900.
The Music of Hockey Presented by Scotiabank, with host Ron MacLean
Friday, February 5, 2016-7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Sandman Centre
Musical guests include hockey legend Bryan Trottier, Dave Bidini & Bidini Band, Tom Wilson, Barney Bentall, Amelia Curran, Craig Northey and Lindy Vopnfjord with numerous special guests making stage appearances throughout the evening.
All tickets $5.00-available at the Sandman Centre Box Office
Kamloops Blazers VS Edmonton Oil Kings
Saturday, February 6, 2016- 5:00 p.m. – Sandman Centre
Special Guests Ron MacLean and Don Cherry will be on-site for the official puck drop
Tickets are available at the Sandman Centre Box Office
A number of other free, local community activities will also take place throughout the community over the multi-day hockey celebration, including an Opening Ceremony at Sun Peaks on Wednesday, February 3, public viewings of the Stanley Cup®, the Memorial Cup, school visits and minor hockey clinics. On Saturday, February 6 at Sandman Centre, hockey fans will enjoy a youth road hockey tournament, a live broadcast onsite with Ron MacLean and coverage of simultaneous NHL® games, NHL Alumni™ autograph sessions, free merchandise, and a Blazers pre-game party. The weekend will also play host to Scotiabank’s Community HockeyFest event, where sponsored minor hockey teams can participate in an on-ice clinic with NHL Alumni™.
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is a nationally televised event, produced by Sportsnet. Each year a host city is selected from a number of applicants, with the 2016 event to be hosted in Kamloops, BC.
Previous host locations include: Halifax, NS (2015); Lloydminster, AB/SK (2014); Peterborough, ON (2013); Prince Edward Island (2012); Whitehorse, Yukon (2011); Stratford, ON (2010); Campbellton, N.B. (2009); Winkler, MB (2008); Nelson, B.C. (2007); Stephenville, N.L., (2006); Shaunavon, SK (2004); Iqualuit, Nunavut (2003); Windsor, N.S. (2002); Red Deer, AB (2001); and Toronto, ON (2000).
Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL®, NHL Alumni™, CWHL, Vancouver Canucks®, Winnipeg Jets®, Toronto Maple Leafs®, Ottawa Senators®, Edmonton Oilers® and the Calgary Flames® whose home arena is the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Bank also has a partnership with the Montreal Canadiens®. Scotiabank’s Community Hockey Sponsorship Program supports over 5,000 minor hockey teams in communities across Canada. To find out more about Scotiabank’s hockey programs, please visitwww.scotiabank.com/the5thseason.
Located in the southern interior between Vancouver and the Alberta border and with a population of 87,000, Kamloops is a thriving hub of business, arts, culture, sport and recreation. With more than $60 million invested in new and improved sport venues, Kamloops is proudly known as Canada's Tournament Capital. Home to the largest Minor Hockey Association in BC as well as the WHL Kamloops Blazers, Kamloops has a long and storied history in hockey. To learn more about Kamloops, visit www.kamloops.ca.
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Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops
Jennifer Cram, Communications Officer
Western Hockey League
Corey St. Laurent