June 25th, 2018

Habs alumni to play in Hat

By Medicine Hat News on January 12, 2017.

NEWS PHOTO EMMA BENNETT - Celina Symmonds and Tammy Vanderloh with the Food Bank and Peter Jelinski, general manager at the Canalta Centre pose Wednesday after announcing a March 11 Montreal Canadiens Alumni Tour game at the Canalta Centre.

Medicine Hat News

Montreal Canadiens fans are everywhere, and the team’s alumni know it. That’s why they’re coming to Medicine Hat March 11 for an exhibition game.

The stop at Canalta Centre was announced Wednesday at the Medicine Hat Food Bank, which will receive a portion of the proceeds when the oldtimers match up against a team including local media and other lucky Hatters.

“It’s a great thing for their alumni, a win-win for everybody,” said Canalta Centre general manager Peter Jelinski. “They saw our brand new building, said ‘we’d love to play in your new building. What do you think?'”

Needless to say, it was an easy decision.

It’ll cost $21.50 per ticket for adults and $14.50 for kids to attend, with puck drop slated for 7 p.m. on the Saturday evening. The stop is the 28th of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team on a 32-town tour that sees them in Stonewall, Man. March 9 and Swift Current March 10 —most of the games are in Quebec but they do make a couple trips out west annually.

Jelinski, along with food bank chair Celina Symmonds, made sure to wear Habs jerseys to the press conference.

“Our operations director, he’s a huge Habs fan,” said Jelinski, who said the jerseys were on loan.

Among the alumni confirmed are Patrice Brisebois, Chris Nilan, Hal Gill and Keith Acton. The team’s website mentions legends such as Guy Lafleur but there’s no guarantee that the Hall of Famer will make the trip.

As for the charity aspect, Symmonds reiterated the substantial need the food bank continues to have.

“Right now the need continues to be high and this kind of partnership and support will certainly benefit those in need in our community,” she said in a press release.

Food items and cash donations will also be taken at the event. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at http://www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone (1-855-985-5000) or at the box office.

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