Ex­cit­ment build­ing for NHL Legends game in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

There is a level of ex­cite­ment start­ing to build in Bay Roberts for the Na­tional Hockey League Legends game.

The game is sched­uled for Feb. 8 at the Bay Arena, with puck drop at 7 p.m.

A score of NHL legends will grace the ice, much to the delight of many a hockey fan in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion.

“It’s go­ing to be a great event,” said Bay Roberts di­rec­tor of re­cre­ation Ian Flynn.

Along with the for­mer pros, the game will also see Port de Grave MHA Glenn Lit­tle­john, as well as the CBC’s Ryan Sn­od­den and Jonathan Crowe suit up for the Legends team.

Lo­cal se­nior hockey vet­er­ans Chris Cros­bie and Matthew French will be play­ing with the Legends.

All of these names have led to a wave of fever­ish an­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity.

“A lot of young fans, and their par­ents, are ex­cited,” said Flynn.

Last week, there was a raf­fle done to pick who would be play­ing against the likes of Theo Fluery, Chris Ni­lan and Marty McSor­ley.

The fol­low­ing play­ers have been se­lected: • Brian Drover; • Wade Reid; • Brent Roach; • Robert Mercer; • Mark Canning; • Matthew His­cock; • Steve Barker; • Sean Drover; • Reilly Deer­ing; • Dar­ryl Ped­dle; and • Frankie Car­pen­ter. Rep­re­sent­ing the town will be Flynn, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Sean Elms, Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man, and Coun. Wade Oates.

“The play­ers are ec­static,” said Flynn.

Com­mu­nity minded

Flynn has built the event with the com­mu­nity in mind.

While there will be stel­lar ac­tion on the ice, fans will also be treated to ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween pe­ri­ods, along with face-pain­ters and bal­loon twisters for the younger au­di­ence.

“It’s not meant to be a se­ri­ous hockey game,” said Flynn.

Some 400 tick­ets have been sold for the event, and fans look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on ticket avail­abil­ity can call the Bay Roberts town hall for more.

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