Skating with the pros in Bay Roberts
A great turnout and a great game made the NHL Legends All-Star game in Bay Roberts an enjoyable experience for all involved on Feb. 8. Played at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts, the game featured nine former NHL veterans, including Stanley Cup winners, NHL all-stars and an Olympic gold medallist, taking on a group of local hockey players known as the Wannabes. The game featured the likes of Theo Fleury, Chris Nilan, Ken Linseman, Ron Duguay and a group of others. Some 600 people jammed into the Bay Arena for the chance to relive their fondest childhood hockey memories. The event even attracted fans from as far away as the Northern Penninsula. The event went off without a hitch, and was undoubtedly named a success by organizers. During the last five minutes of the first two periods, the Bay Arena minor novice players took the ice for their chance to battle the former pros. Photographer Tammy Sparkes was at the rink and snapped these shots. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Chris Nilan has a secure hold of Bay Arena minor novice player Parker Tipple. Parker is the son of Sean and Natasha Tipple of Bay Roberts.
The NHL legends included: front (l-r) — Theo Fluery, Jay Miller and Mike Krushelnyski; back — Chris Nilan, Ken Linseman, Andre Dupont, Ron Duguay, Dennis Maruk and Bob Sweeney.
Novice goaltender Preston Russell made this stop on Theo Fleury. Preston is the son of Jason and Ingrid Russell of Roaches Line.
Both teams assembled for a group shot at the conclusion of the game.
Ian Drover (front) takes a shot on Dennis Maruk during the first period of action. The son of Andrew and Suzanne Drover, Ian would score on the play.
CBC meteorologist Ryan Snodden (centre) played with the NHL Legends and had a goal and an assist. Compass reporter Nicholas Mercer is in the background.
Boston Bruins alum Bob Sweeney taps on the glass in front of a young fan.