Barrie, ON – Hockey Night in Simcoe County (HNISC) today announced that Mike Gartner, Tanner Pearson, Gary
Leeman, Joseph Blandisi, Wes Jarvis, Ric Jackman, Daniel Tkaczuk, and Kevin Labanc will be the first of many
former and current NHL players to lace up for this year’s game on August 10th at the Barrie Molson Centre. Doors
will open at 6:30 and long-time friend of Hockey Night, Walter Gretzky, will be dropping the puck alongside Zach
Hofer at 7:00 p.m.
Their participation will aid in raising funds for Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Orillia Soldier’s Memorial
Hospital, Georgian Bay General Hospital and Barrie Colts Community Fund .
"In celebration of our 10th year, we are excited to include players who have both been with us since the beginning
and those who will be joining us for the first time this year,” said HNISC Founder Patrick Brown. “Every year we
expand our lineup to include more Barrie Colts alumni, more NHL stars, and more celebrities. This year will be no
different. With the support of our community, we can exceed our goals and contribute to an improved healthcare
system across Simcoe County.”
Zach Hofer is an extraordinary 13 year old boy who will be running, walking, biking, and scootering all the way
from Barrie to Ottawa, beginning Sunday, August 13th. Zach’s journey is to raise funds and awareness for the Child
and Youth Mental Health program at RVH. He’s been attending events, speaking at schools and creating a lot of
important conversation about mental health and youth involvement in our community. So far, Zach has raised over
$25,000 and plans to keep going! To follow his journey or make a donation, visit zachmakestracks.ca.
Walter Gretzky is most famous for being the father of arguably the greatest hockey player to ever live. What is
lesser known, but just as important, is the impact he has had on his five children and the lives of so many others.
Walter has taken his status and used it for the betterment of kids, disadvantaged individuals, and a variety of
humanitarian causes across Canada. We are humbled and privileged to have him join us again for our 10th annual
Meet the Players
Mike Gartner was drafted 4th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft to the Washington Capitals. Over his 19 year
professional career, Gartner stands as one of seven players to reach 700 goals, held a 20 year record for fastest
skater, and is the only player to ever have 17, 30-goal seasons. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
in 2001, he went on to own National Training Rinks (NTR), alongside former teammate, Wes Jarvis.
Tanner Pearson is currently a left winger in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings. He played two seasons with the
Barrie Colts before being drafted in 2012.Throughout his career; he has won a bronze medal for Canada in the
World Junior Championships and a Stanley Cup for the Kings in 2014. We are thrilled to welcome Tanner back to
Gary Leeman is a Toronto Native who spent 16 years in the NHL playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary
Flames, Montreal Canadians, and the Vancouver Canucks. He has won a Stanley Cup with the Canadians in 1993
and is one of only Leafs to ever have a 50 goal season. Expect a few from Gary this August!
Wes Jarvis is also a Toronto native who spent nine years in the NHL playing for the Washington Capitals,
Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Jarvis won the Phil Esposito Trophy for the
CHL’s leading scorer in 1983 and now owns NTR with Mike Gartner.
Joseph Blandisi is currently a centre in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils. Blandisi played two seasons with the
Colts from 2013-2015, where he became Captain and totaled 142 points in 78 games. We are pleased to have him
back to score a few more in the BMC.
Ric Jackman is a former NHLer who was drafted 5th overall in 1996. Over an eight year career, Jackman played for
the Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Anaheim Ducks. He won a gold medal with the
Canadian World Juniors in 1997 and a Stanley Cup with the Ducks.
Daniel Tkaczuk is a former NHLer who was drafted 6th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1997. Tkaczuk played for
four years with the Barrie Colts and won a silver for Canada at the 1999 World Junior Championships. He is now
an Assistant Coach for the Kitchener Rangers and we are pleased to welcome him back to the BMC.
Kevin Labanc is currently a right winger for the San Jose Sharks in the NHL. Labanc tallied 269 points in three
years for the Colts before making his Rookie debut this past season for the Sharks.
We invite you to join us on August 10th at the Barrie Molson Centre, with proceeds benefitting the Royal Victoria
Regional Health Centre (RVH), Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia (OSMH), Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland (GBGH), and the Barrie Colts Foundation. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to buy your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased on the Hockey Night in Simcoe County Website
(www.hockeynightinsimcoecounty.ca ) as well as Ticketpro (ticketpro.ca)