Wen­del Clark com­ing to city

Hockey game will sup­port UPEI Pan­thers Sport

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

For­mer Toronto Maple Leafs cap­tain Wen­del Clark is com­ing to Char­lot­te­town next month and he’s bring­ing some for­mer NHLers with him.

It is part of a fundrais­ing hockey game in sup­port of UPEI Pan­thers Sport.

“He’s been on the Is­land be­fore, but he’s never ac­tu­ally played here, so it’s an op­por­tu­nity to see him and this group,” said Bruce Don­ald­son, UPEI’s as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and alumni en­gage­ment.

The lineup in­cludes Stephane Richer, Ron Duguay, Al Iafrate, Gary Lee­man, De­nis Maruk, Peter Klima, Ken Lin­se­man, Mike Lalor and goalie Roy Nolan.

They will play against a group of lo­cal celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Pan­thers hockey cap­tains Sam Sweet and Ma­son Wil­gosh.

Don­ald­son th­ese types of events are typ­i­cally very en­ter­tain­ing.

“It be­comes very in­ter­ac­tive,” he said. “There could be some trad­ing of play­ers through­out the game.”

Clark played 13 of his 15 sea­sons in the NHL with the Leafs.

The for­mer first over­all pick by the Leafs was part of the Mats Sundin trade, which sent Clark to the Que­bec Nordiques. He also played for the New York Is­lan­ders, Tampa Bay Light­ing, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black­hawks. In 793 NHL games, he scored 330 goals, had 234 as­sists and 1,690 penalty min­utes.

The game, which will in­clude three 15-minute pe­ri­ods, will be held Thurs­day, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at MacLauch­lan Arena with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the UPEI Pan­thers Sport.

Don­ald­son said the Park­dale Sher­wood Lions Club ap­proached them about part­ner­ing in the pro­ject, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Pan­thers Sport.

There are three ticket op­tions. A gen­eral ad­mis­sion ticket is $20 while a dress­ing room pass is $50 (25 per in­ter­mis­sion) and a meet and greet post-game event at the rink is $80 (100 tick­ets). The cost of the dress­ing room and meet and greet passes in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the game.

Each of the Pan­thers teams are sell­ing tick­ets with each team re­tain­ing the pro­ceeds of their ticket sales. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased on­line at www.gopan­thersgo.ca, by call­ing 902-5660368 or by email­ing bdon­ald­son@upei.ca.

If tick­ets re­main, they will be avail­able at the door. Don­ald­son noted with the lim­ited num­ber of dress­ing room and meet and greet passes, they are be­ing sold on a first-come, first-served ba­sis.

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