Quacks ready to face Maple Leafs alumni
Doctors have been playing benefit hockey games since 1982
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.
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.