NHL Players and Local Physicians Battle it Out on the Ice in Support of NEO Kids

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He shoots, he scores! The NHL is coming back to Greater Sudbury to take on our physicians at Health Sciences North (HSN) in a battle over the puck this summer! The Vale presents: NHL vs Docs for NEO Kids hockey game will take place on Sunday, August 12 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Sudbury Arena, 240 Elgin St, Sudbury, ON. Tickets are $22 with proceeds going towards NEO Kids Foundation.

The exciting news is that an anonymous donor has come forward and announced that every dollar raised at the Vale presents: NHL vs Docs will be matched up to $500,000.

So purchase a ticket to the event(s) and come watch the game. Purchase a 50/50 and “Chuck-a-Puck” ticket at the hockey game and bid on spectacular live and silent auction items at the VIP reception as every dollar raised at these events will be matched by the anonymous donor.
Attendees will enjoy watching NHL players live in action! The players include: Nick Foligno, Marcus Foligno, Josh Anderson, Seth Jones, Scott Harrington, Boone Jenner, Dalton Prout, Ben Chiarot, Derek MacKenzie, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Damien Giroux, Zack Stortini and Joe Bowen, Canadian Sportscaster.

The physicians joining the lineup this year are Dr. Christopher Trebb, Dr. Steve Morris, Dr. Andre Michon, Dr. Sean Murray, Dr. Ryan DeMarchi, Dr. Ryan Hodgins, Dr. James Masters, Dr. John Snider, Dr. Jason Prpic, Dr. Rob Pineau, Dr. Jeff Sloan, Dr. Rob Anderson, Dr. Paul Gibb, Dr. Ian Symington and Dr. Chris Bourdon.

Before the game, NHL players will be available for an autograph signing session while attendees enjoy a BBQ and activities beginning at 11:30 a.m. outside the main entrance at the Sudbury Arena.

Doors open at 1:00 p.m.. The game will consists of two 20 minute periods followed by an NHL vs NHL period.

NEO Kids NHL vs Docs at goal net

Nick Foligno tries to get the puck past Dr. Rob Anderson at the NHL vs Docs hockey game in support of the NEO Kids Foundation in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday August 10, 2017. Gino Donato/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

“This game has really evolved over the years and I’m proud to say this should be our best one yet!” said Nick Foligno, Captain, Columbus Blue Jackets and Honorary Chair, NEO Kids Foundation. “What really drives the event though, beyond the players and volunteers, is our great community support which we’ve seen grow more and more each year. Hockey has always been supported in our community but what really stands out to me is that this game is a success because they are really big supporters of NEO Kids and what it will mean to our community and surrounding areas. That’s why it’s been so easy for me to get involved and help anyway I can, mainly because I’m one of them. Sudbury is home for me and my family and I know firsthand how important a children’s health care facility is and I want the same experience for our families in the North and surrounding areas if they ever need it.”

“The Vale presents: NHL vs Docs for NEO Kids hockey game is certainly an event I will remember for a lifetime,” said Dr. Sean Murray, Medical Director, NEO Kids & Family Program and Chief of Pediatrics. “The amount of support we receive from the NHL players and our community is outstanding. Not only does the game raise a substantial amount of money for NEO Kids, it also brings more awareness about pediatric health care needs in our community. I am looking forward to this year’s event.”

The event is proudly sponsored by: our title sponsor; Vale, Sudbury Wolves, Skaters Edge Source For Sports, Amaze n Fun, Medigas, WestJet and RBC Royal Bank.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.greatersudbury.ca/tickets, in the box office at 240 Elgin Street or by calling 705.671.3000.

Following the hockey game, NEO Kids Foundation will be hosting an event called An Evening with NHL Legends. Join us for a VIP cocktail reception with the opportunity to mix and mingle with NHL legends and players while you indulge on gourmet hors d’oeuvres and food at various stations. A Q&A period will take place with the NHL legends & players led by Joe Bowen, Canadian Sportscaster followed by a live auction.

To date, NHL legends include Wendel Clark, Randy Carlyle and Mike Foligno. The NHL players playing in the hockey game will be in attendance as well.

The event begins at 5:00 pm at the Caruso Club – Upper Hall. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling the NEO Kids Foundation office at 705.523.7100 ext 1234 or emailing neokidsfoundation@hsnsudbury.ca.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for both events: Vale presents: NHL vs Docs and An Evening with NHL Legends. For more information, email neokidsfoundation@hsnsudbury.ca

About NEO Kids Foundation

NEO Kids Foundation is dedicated to building awareness for children’s care needs and raising funds for services, equipment and research to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients.

A healthy beginning builds a healthy life.

For more information about NEO Kids visit their website neokidsfoundation.ca

Daniel Nichol, born on October 8, 1883 was the first child born in the Sudbury region. His parents were Jules and Vitaline Nichol.
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