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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, Marty McSorley, 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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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.
McSorley started his hockey career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1983. Shortly after, he was traded to the Oilers in 1985, which lead him to the title of Wayne Gretzky’s “body guard”. With the Oilers he won back to back Stanley Cups, one in the 1986-1987 season and one in the 1987-1988 season. In 1989 he was traded to the L.A. Kings where he stayed until 1993. During this time he won the NHL Plus-Minus Award. He was then traded back to the Penguins, only to be back with the Kings in the next season. He left the Kings in 1996 to go to the Rangers for a one year deal. He was then traded to the Sharks from 1996-1998. For the last two seasons of his career he was back with his beloved Oilers for 1998-1999 and ended his career playing for the Boston Bruins in 2000.
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.
Following his outstanding junior career, the 1980 NHL entry draft would see Murphy selected fourth overall by the Los Angeles Kings. In his freshman season, Murphy stated 16 goals and 60 assists for 76 points. After spending three seasons with the Kings Larry was traded early in his fouth season to the Washington Capitals. Murphy continued to contribute offensively with the Caps, earning his first selection to the NHL's All-Star Team in 1987. During his 21 year career, Murphy would play for six NHL teams. In addition to the Kings and Capitals, he also suited up for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leaf’s, and Detroit Red Wings. Larry would win four Stanley Cups during the decade of the 90s, he is the only NHL player to accomplish this feat. Murphy was also a key member of the 1987 Canada Cup team defeating the Soviets. Following retirement he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 ending his career with 1216 points. Murphy is currently the fifth highest scoring defenceman in NHL history, behind Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis and Phil Housley.
A nasty opponent to anyone who would come near his crease, Billy Smith was one of the greatest goalies of his era. Drafted by Los Angeles in 1970, he only played five games for them before the New York Islanders took him in the 1972 Expansion Draft. In his first season there, he broke the record for penalty minutes by a goalie and actually fought some of the league’s enforcers! Paired with Chico Resch, both goalies supported a team that would go on to greatness. When Resch was traded to Colorado in 1980, Smith was the undisputed number one and helped the Islanders win their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups. He won the Vezina Trophy in 1982 and is the one of the winningest goalies in NHL history. When he retired in 1989, he became a goaltending coach with the Islanders and then the Florida Panthers.
Making his NHL debut as a 19-year-old, Momesso was drafted 27th overall by his hometown Montreal Canadians in 1983. He played one game before going back to junior, where he used his size and skills to score 100+ points as well as 200+ penalty minutes for two consecutive seasons. In 1985, Momesso made the Habs' roster out of training camp and meshed well on a line with Brian Skrudland and Mike McPhee. Unfortunately, a knee injury in December cost him the rest of the season. After spending two more seasons with Montreal, Momesso was traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1988. His highest scoring NHL season was alongside Brett Hull and Adam Oates where he scored 56 points. From there, Momesso went to the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, before closing out his NHL career by returning to St. Louis in 1996-97. Sergio played 829 regular season and playoffs games in the NHL and recorded 389 points with 1868 penalty minutes.
Gary Leeman played nearly 700 NHL games for five different clubs. He was best known as a gritty scorer on the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 50-goal season to his credit. Drafted in 1982, he secured a place on the Leafs in 1983-84. By the 1985-86 season, Leeman started to use his speed and shot more effectively. He formed the "Hound Line" with Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall and eventually became a top goal scorer for the club with four-straight 20-goal seasons. In 1988-89, he scored 32 goals and was an All-Star; the next year, he became the second Toronto player after Rick Vaive to register a 50-goal season. In 1992, he was the key player traded to Calgary for Doug Gilmour. Leeman played for Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis in the ensuing years and then played in Europe before retiring in 1999.
Mayers was drafted 89th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft and played 10 seasons for the Blues until he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange of a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on June 19, 2008, one day before the draft. Mayers signed with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent at the end of the season for a one-year contract. On July 1, 2011, Mayers signed with the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract. In June 2013, Mayers won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks when they defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals.
Hawerchuk was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981 NHL Entry Draft after leading the Cornwall Royals to two consecutive Memorial Cup Championships. Hawerchuk led the Jets to the largest single season turnaround in NHL history a 48-point improvement. He finished his rookie season with 103 points and easily won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the year. he would go on to post five consecutive 100+ point seasons in Winnipeg before being traded to Buffalo, Hawerchuk would lead the team in scoring three out of five seasons. He was instrumental in the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cup victories. Signed by St. Louis as free agent in 1995, he recorded 41 points in 66 games before moving to Philadelphia, where he retired in 1997. His 518 goals and 891 assists give him 1409 points, ranking him 19th all-time. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and is currently the Head Coach of the Barrie Colts in the OHL.
Langdon was born in Deer Lake, NL, and began his pro career with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. He was undrafted and signed his first pro contract in 1993 with the New York Rangers, and played the '93/'94 and '94/'95 seasons with the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, the Rangers' farm team. He played the next 5 seasons with the Rangers, and was twice selected in 1996 and 1997 as winner of the Players’ Player Award, an award voted on by the Rangers themselves. Langdon then played for the Carolina Hurricanes (20002002), Vancouver Canucks (20022003), Montreal Canadiens (20032004), and the New Jersey Devils (20052006). In 2015, Langdon was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
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