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Hosted by Heart & Stroke, Hockey Heroes Weekend offers participants a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to play hockey with NHL alumni. Some of the greatest NHL heroes share the ice with our Hockey Heroes Weekend participants including Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Shayne Corson, Al Iafrate, Denis Savard, Brad May and Brian Skrudland just to name a few. Each year we promise an unforgettable line-up and event for participants, sponsors and the community.
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Here are some of the past NHL Alumni that have participated in Hockey Heroes Weekend.
Coffey was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He became the second only defenseman in NHL history to score 40 goals in one season, leading the Oilers to win the Stanley Cup in 1984. He won his first James Norris Trophy in the 1984-1985 season while posting 121 points. Coffee helped Edmonton to a 3rd Cup in the 1986-1987 season, his last season in an Oilers uniform. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987. Coffey played four and a half seasons with the Penguins. On December 22, 1990, Coffey became the second defenseman ever to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games. Coffey won a fourth Stanley Cup in the 1990-1991 season with Pittsburgh. Paul Coffey was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Edmonton Oilers retired his jersey, No. 7, in 2005.
Scott joined the AHL Houston Aeros as a free agent in 2006. During his first professional hockey season he was signed by the Minnesota Wild in an entry-level contract. In 2010, Scott left the Wild as a free agent and signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, was later traded to the New York Rangers, followed by a two year term with the Buffalo Sabers, one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes and finally one year with the Montreal Canadiens. Scott gained stardom in January 2016 when he was voted in as the captain of the Pacific Division team for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. Following his success at the All-Star Game, his helmet was sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame and his agent was approached about a film based on his career. Scott officially retired on December 7th, 2016.
LeClair was drafted 33rd overall by the Montréal Canadiens in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, and was on their Stanley Cup-winning team in '93, where he scored 2 overtime game-winning goals during the Finals. He was traded to the Flyers in '95 and played left-wing on the famed "Legion of Doom" line, centered by Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg on right-wing. In 1998, LeClair became the first American-born NHL player to record three consecutive 50-goal seasons. LeClair scored 333 goals, plus 35 in the playoffs over 10 seasons with the Flyers, becoming one of the most productive players in franchise history. LeClair signed a two-year deal with the Penguins in 2005, and retired after the '06/'07 season.
Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 799 career NHL games spanning over 12 NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992-93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points with the Washington Capitals. That year the Capitals set a record for most goals by defensemen on a team in one season. Iafrate is most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record, which stood for 16 years.
Corson was drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. A gritty, talented winger, he soon developed into one of the game’s top power forwards. Corson was a regular contributor for the Canadiens for 7 years, and was traded to Edmonton after the '91/'92 season, missing out by a single year when the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in the spring of 1993. He played with Edmonton for 3 seasons, before leaving for the St Louis Blues in 1995. The Blues traded him back to Montreal during the '96/'97 season, where he played until 2000. The Leafs then signed him as a free agent, and he spent three 3 seasons in Toronto. The Stars signed during the '03/'04 season for their playoff run, and Corson retired after the season ended.
PJ Stock was not drafted by an NHL team and signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 1997. Stock split his first three pro seasons between the Rangers and the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford before opting to sign as a free-agent with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 2000. Upon his arrival with Montreal, Stock was a solid role player for the first quarter of the season; however he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers shortly after his arrival in Montreal. As a Flyer, Stock continued to play a gritty role and spent the better part of the season with the club, while seeing limited action with its AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Prior to the 2001-02 season Stock returned to the Rangers, yet shortly after was claimed by the Boston Bruins in the Waiver.
May was drafted 14th by the Buffalo Sabres, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on February 5, 1998. After sitting out during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, May signed with the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent for two years on August 20, 2005. He was later traded on February 27, 2007 to the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks went on to win the Stanley Cup that year and May had his name engraved on the Cup for the first time in his career. During the 2008-09 season on January 7, 2009, On April 8, 2009, May played in his 1,000th career NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres. It was no coincidence that the milestone came against the Buffalo Sabres, as he was purposely sat out for the previous game.
Thomas is a British-born NHL alumni who began his career in 1984 when he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following his 78-point season in ‘86 ‘ 87, Thomas was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks followed by the New York Islanders 5 years later. It was with the Islander that Thomas would go on to have some of his highest scoring years. Thomas was known to shine during the playoffs, although was never successful in winning a Stanley Cup. His career came to an end just after the 2004 ’05 NHL Lockout. He is currently the assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues.
Muller was drafted 2nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. "Captain Kirk" was the heart and soul of the Devils franchise, with his intensity and strong two-way play. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in September 1991 where he quickly became a fan favourite. In 1993, Muller helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Following his time with the Canadiens, he spent time playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars before retiring in 2002. In 2005, Muller kicked off his coaching career with the Queen’s University Golden Gaels in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. He is currently working as an associate coach for the Montreal Canadiens.
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