Quacks ready to face Maple Leafs alumni

Doc­tors have been play­ing ben­e­fit hockey games since 1982

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Peter­bor­ough Quacks are re­cruit­ing some ringers for their fundrais­ing game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni on Fri­day night.

“We’re out to win,” said Quacks cap­tain Dr. Iain Jamieson. “It’s our home turf, not theirs, even though they have a his­tory of hold­ing train­ing camp here in the early ’60s.”

The game is a fundraiser for the GPHSF Your Fam­ily Health Team Foun­da­tion. Open­ing cer­e­monies be­gin at 7 p.m. with puck drop at 7:30 p.m. at the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

The Quacks last fundraiser was against the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens Alumni, led by for­mer 50goal scorer Stephane Richer. It did not go well for the Quacks.

“We got killed,” said Jamieson, with a laugh. “We barely touched the puck. The Quacks have re­cruited four or five younger doc­tors un­der 35 to bet­ter the re­sults against the Leafs.”

The Leafs will fea­ture Darcy Tucker along with for­mer 50goal scor­ers Rick Vaive and Gary Lee­man as well as Al Iafrate, Dim­itri Mironov, Mark LaFor­est, Ric Nat­tress, Greg Hotham, Lou Francesche­tti and lo­cal alumni Ken McRae and Dave Reid. Jamieson said it’s a thrill for the Quacks to play for­mer NHL stars.

“The Leafs had to go and get two for­mer 50-goal scor­ers this time as op­posed to Mon­treal only bring­ing one,” said Jamieson, with a laugh.

It’s all in good fun. “It’s a big thrill for us to par­tic­i­pate in some­thing like this. It’s in­cred­i­ble their po­si­tional play from what I re­mem­ber. Even play­ing with guys like Steve Gat­zos and Steve Larmer in old-timers hockey they just know where to be and we’re run­ning around with our heads cut off. They know where the pass is go­ing to be and who is go­ing to re­ceive it and where the pass is go­ing three passes ahead. We are lucky enough to com­plete a pass.”

Peter­bor­ough’s two spe­cial needs hockey teams — Elec­tric City Ma­roon and White and Kawartha Komets re­ceived 100 tick­ets from an anony­mous donor.

The Quacks started as a group of lo­cal physi­cians who played pick-up hockey. When Dr. Peter Howes was killed in a car crash in 1982, the Quacks were of­fi­cially formed to host a me­mo­rial tour­na­ment in his hon­our. The tour­na­ment, now called Docs On Ice, turned into an an­nual event which moves around each year. Peter­bor­ough hosts it ev­ery 10 years. It’s grown from eight teams to more than 50 in mul­ti­ple di­vi­sions. The next one takes place in April in Sault Ste. Marie.

Jamieson joined the Quacks in 1991 and goalie Bill Rogers is the long­est-serv­ing player since 1983. The Quacks now have three teams. They’ve par­tic­i­pated in a few fundrais­ers in­clud­ing a game against Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre staff and and sev­eral in sup­port of the Fes­ti­val of Trees.

VIP tick­ets are sold out but plenty of good seats re­main rang­ing from $28.30 to $48.65. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the PMC box of­fice or on­line at www.memo­ri­al­cen­tre.ca.

CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Dr. Iain Jamieson points to him­self and team­mates of the Peter­bor­ough Quacks with the Stan­ley Cup. . The Quacks play the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Fri­day nigh tat the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre.

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