There’s a couple of things making news in Brantford recently. The first is old news (about a week old)
Wayne Gretzky stick fetches over $38K at auction
Stick used to score 1,000th lifetime goal
The hockey stick that a 13-year-old Wayne Gretzky used to score the 1,000th goal of his lifetime sold for $38,838 US at a recent sports memorabilia auction in Chicago. You can read the story below. I don’t think I would spend my money on this (if I had it). I am curious who the winning bidder is. I wonder if we’ll ever find out.
The second annual Hockey Night in Brantford next Wednesday, August 14th.
Patterned after the annual Hockey Night Games in Barrie, Peterborough, Owen Sound and St. Catharines, the Brantford Game will mix NHL Players, Minor Hockey Players, MP's and celebrities into a celebration of our community's hockey heritage - The Homecoming Game.
Current Brantford hometown NHL players and those who have gone on to play at hockey's highest levels will be asked to play an integral role along with national and local sponsors in the community's first annual Hockey Night in Brantford.
The world knows that Brantford has a rich hockey history, with many current and former NHL players who will be invited to play in the homecoming game. This event is a great opportunity to raise funds to be put back into the community and an opportunity to showcase the new Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.
The real winner will be The Brant United Way who will receive 100% of all proceeds raised.
All will be invited to share in the Homecoming Game at the newly constructed Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre which will host the event on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, with Opening Ceremonies at 6:45 pm, Homecoming Game at 7:00pm.
5:00pm - Doors Open
5:30pm - Brant County Sledge Hockey Demo
6:45pm - Opening Ceremonies
Also check out:
- Hockey Hall of Fame display
- Zamboni display
- RBC Shoot Out Challenge
“Local “ boys Adam Henrique and Zac Dalpe will be opposing team captains. So far, former NHLer’s include Pat and Greg Hickey, Jay Wells, Paul MacKinnon, Tom Fergus and Dan Gratton.
Nick Spaulding of the Nashville Predators and Kory Nagy, drafted by the New Jersey Devils and currently playing in the ECHL have just been added.
I should be able to attend this year as I was unable to attend last year’s inaugural game.
Link to Facebook page for this event
In front of the newly renovated Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, there will be a bronze monument to stand outside paying tribute to Brantford’s most famous family. The monument will feature the Great One lifting the Stanley Cup in celebration as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, with smaller, life-sized statues of a young Wayne – sporting a Gordie Howe jersey – his father, Walter, and mother, Phyllis, looking up toward Wayne’s successful future.
With more than $300,000 of a $500,000 fundraising goal raised, the statue should be finished and installed in time for the Gretzky centre’s grand opening celebration, scheduled for Sept. 29.
And finally, it was confirmed yesterday that
It's going to be a GREAT grand opening
Wayne Gretzky will help officially open the newly redeveloped sports centre that carries his name on Sept. 29.
His attendance was confirmed during an event held Tuesday afternoon announcing the main elements of the program for the grand opening, scheduled to run from noon to 6 p.m.
"Gretzky will be a part of the opening ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m., which will include the unveiling of the Gretzky Project statue of him with the Stanley Cup facing life-sized statues of a younger self with his parents
Here's a schedule of events for the grand opening of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on Sept. 29
• noon, multi-faith blessing
• 12:30 p.m., community Zumba class
• 1 p.m., Steven Branchaud performs
• 1 p.m., free skate with the Brantford Jr. B 99ers in Rink 1
• 2 p.m., Harvest Moon performs
• 3 p.m., opening ceremonies
• 4 p.m., Jully Black performs
• 4 p.m., free skate with the Brantford Blast in Rink 1
Throughout the day:
• Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition
• Pools, gymnasium and running track open
• Tours of the facilities, running every half-hour
• Ferris wheel rides
Will definitely be attending this.
Kind of a long post. But there is a lot going on.