Not really but when you are playing against ex-NHL players it’s all about having fun.
It was the NHL alumni benefit tour that came to the Essar Centre to take on constables and detectives from the Sault Ste. Marie Law Enforcement All Stars.
The alumni tour was presented by Scotiabank and it was announced at the beginning of the game that they had already raised $5,000 to support the Special Olympics.
It is the 28th consecutive year that the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run has supported the Special Olympics and has raised $30-million for charity with over 9,500 volunteers across the province.
For the NHL alumni, it included players like Rick Vaive; a 50+ goal-scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres; ‘Tiger’ Williams, who holds the NHL record for most penalty minutes; Brent Gretzky, who played briefly with the Tampa Bay Lightning; Mike Krushelnyski, who played almost 900 games in his career with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings; Craig Coxe, who jumped from league to league but played an amazing 20 years of pro hockey; Ken Belanger, who played from the Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Bruins and Kings; Preston Mizzi, who played for the Greyhounds and in almost every league, even in Denmark; Dave Reid, who played almost 1,000 games in the NHL; Dan Daoust, who played over 500 games with the Maple Leafs; Bryan Muir, who played almost 20 years of pro hockey; Mark Laforest, who played 17 years of pro hockey in goal; Dave McLlwain, who played over 20 years of pro hockey and over 500 games in the NHL; Denny Lambert, who played for the Greyhounds in the late 80s and spent almost 1,400 minutes in the penalty box in his short career; and Dave Hutchinson who was the announcer and ref for the game.
Walter Gretzky was also on-hand all night to sign autographs.