NHL alumni like Ray Bourque, Denis Savard and Theo Fleury are lacing 'me up at the Bell Sensplex Friday for a tournament to raise money for the Sens Foundation.
Each of the former NHLers who took part in the WSP Sens Alumni and NHL Celebrity Cup was drafted by a team of people who had fundraised for the foundation.
It might not be NHL caliber hockey, but former Calgary Flames captain Theoren Fleury told CFRA this kind of tournament is just as important because it helps make it possible for more kids to play the game.
"I used to be one of those kids that, you know, my parents had a tough time getting enough money together so that I could play hockey on a daily basis," Fleury said. "Obviously it's a cause that's near and dear to my heart because I don't know in this day and age whether I would have even been able to play hockey or afford to play hockey."
"I'm not sure that we're going to see the next Wayne Gretzky because he probably can't afford to play hockey, so if this supports some kid and gives him the opportunity to play this great game that we all love, then wow, what a great way to raise some funds for kids that are less fortunate," Fleury added.
"It's a great cause," said five-time Norris Trophy winner Bourque. "I've done this in Halifax and Moncton, Winnipeg and it's really a powerful way to raise money for great causes and they have a great time doing it. You get to spend all day with your team and, you know, share a lot of stories, a lot of laughs, but the main thing is raising good money."
The inaugural edition of the tournament has already raised more than $100,000.