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About Saskatoon Hockey Heroes Weekend

Hockey Heroes Weekend is a unique fundraiser in support of Heart & Stroke that gives 16 local teams a once-in-a-lifetime chance to share the ice with their NHL Heroes while fundraising for heart and stroke research in Canada.

Everyone goes home with SWAG, including premium jerseys and socks, as well as some awesome incentives for top fundraisers thanks to Al Anderson’s Source for Sports in Saskatoon!

Each team shoots to raise $16,000 (that’s about $1,000 per player), with lots of incentive to get there. The Top Fundraising Team gets first-round draft pick on Draft Night—Check out the full roster of NHL Alumni to see who you’ll be picking from!

Top Individual Fundraisers also get a top-of-the line hockey stick, exciting prizes, and the thrilling opportunity to play in the Heart Heroes Game with all the NHL Alumni in the final game of the weekend.

Register a team, join a team, or support a team… Get in the game!

Friday, March 29, 2019 - Draft Night

  • Meet, and hang out with all the NHL Alumni
  • Each team drafts an NHL Alumni that will become their teammate for the weekend
  • Earn First Draft Pick by being the Top Fundraising Team
  • Bid on exclusive silent & live auction items

Saturday, March 30, 2019

  • VIP locker room care and service
  • Tournament play with your NHL Alumni
  • Social Night in beautiful downtown Saskatoon

Sunday, March 31, 2019

  • Tournament play with your NHL Alumni
  • Heart Heroes Game: Top Individual Fundraisers play the final game with all NHL Alumni

Get in The Game

  • Recruit a team of colleagues, friends and family, or join an existing team looking for players (All players must be 19 years of age to participate)
  • Each team raises a minimum of $16,000 to participate (approximately $1,000 per player)
  • Fundraise using your very own personal web page
  • Win fantastic prizes for individual fundraising results
  • Draft an NHL Alumni that will become your teammate for the weekend
  • Earn first draft choice by being the top fundraising team

Executive Committee

  • Jocelyn Coates - Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Mark Feader - Marsh Canada Limited
  • Tanya Llewellyn - Affinity Credit Union
  • Mackenzie Firby - Two Fifty Two Boutique
  • Tim Hillier - Medavie Health Services West
  • Jeff Clarke - Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Stephanie Rideout - Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Paul Vass - Kota Graphics & Design Inc.
  • Aaron Stock - iA Clarington Investments
  • Carrie Baptist, RMT
  • Shane Biehn - Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital Ltd.
  • Carol Morgan - Canadiana Developments Ltd.

Featured NHL Alumni

Confirmed Alumni!
Here are some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2019 Hockey Heroes Weekend in Saskatoon. Check back for more updates to come!


Lanny McDonald (HHOF ’92

Bryan Trottier (HHOF ’97)

Featured NHL Alumni

Confirmed Alumni!
Here are some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2019 Hockey Heroes Weekend in Saskatoon.
Check back for more updates to come!


Born in Boston in 1970, Jeremy Roenick grew up in various places around the North-Eastern region of the United States. Roenick would attend and play high school hockey for the Thayer Academy, for whom he posted 84 points in 24 games during his senior year. Roenick’s outstanding play for Thayer Academy led to him being drafted in the 1st round, 8th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks right out of high school. Roenick started the following season playing for the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL, but after scoring 70 points in 28 games, Chicago called Roenick up. In his first season of NHL action, Roenick scored 18 points in 20 games. The following season saw Roenick crack the Blackhawks lineup full time. During Roenick’s 8 seasons in The Windy City, he had 3 straight seasons during which he scored at least 103 points. Roenick also played an integral part in Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals, which they ultimately loss to the Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh Penguins. In the summer of 1996, Roenick was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he’d play for 5 seasons. In the summer of 2001, Roenick would sign with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent. During Roenick’s 3 seasons with the Flyers, he’d hit several milestones. These include scoring his 1000th NHL point and playing in his 1000th NHL regular season game. In the 2004 playoffs, Roenick played in integral role in the Flyers run to the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring 13 points in 18 games. Roenick would also score the overtime goal in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the 2005 NHL lockout, Roenick was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, where he’d spend the 2006/07 season. Roenick would then return to the Coyotes for another single season stint before playing his final 2 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, retiring in 2009. Roenick currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Tracy, daughter Brandi, and son Brett.

Lanny McDonald (HHOF ’92

Alberta’s favorite son, Lanny McDonald was picked up by Toronto 4th overall in 1973. After a slow start, he started to find the net and joined Team Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup. He was beloved in Toronto and protesters greeted the staff of Maple Leaf Gardens when he was traded to Colorado in 1979. When the Rockies traded him to Calgary, McDonald began to play the best hockey of his career. In 1983, he scored a career-high 98 points and was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy. The jewel of his career was 1989 when he scored his 500th goal, his 1000th point, won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and, after 15 seasons, the Stanley Cup. McDonald announced his retirement as a player on August 28, 1989 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. The Flames retired his uniform number 9 in 1990.

Bryan Trottier (HHOF ’97)

Drafted as an underage player by the New York Islanders, Bryan Trottier played his first game in 1975. In his second game, he had a hat trick and five points! He finished the year breaking rookie-scoring records and easily won the Calder Trophy. In 1978, he was the league’s top scorer and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP. In 1980, he won the first of four Islander Stanley Cups and picked up the Conn Smythe Trophy. He stayed in New York until 1990 when his defensive skills attracted the Pittsburgh Penguins. His presence was the missing link as Pittsburgh won two successive Cups in 1991 and 1992. He retired after the second cup but returned in 1993 as a player-coach. He then joined the Avalanche in 2000 as an assistant coach and won yet another ring. He is also one of only eight NHL players with multiple 5-goal games.

Steve Thomas

Signed as a free agent by Toronto in 1984, “Stumpy” alternated between the AHL and the Maple Leafs for a season before moving up for good and scoring 57 points in 65 games. The following year, he scored 35 goals before being traded to Chicago. Thomas struggled through two injury-plagued season before scoring 40 goals in 1989-1990. He then joined the New York Islanders in 1991 and set a career-high mark of 42 goals in 1994. In 1995, he joined the New Jersey Devils for three seasons before resigning with Toronto. Moving back to Chicago for a season and a half, he was traded to the Anaheim in 2003 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals. The lockout forced him to retirement. He later became the Assistant/Mentor Coach for the St. Michael's Buzzers, a Jr. A team in Toronto. In the summer of 2012, Thomas was named player development consultant for the Tampa Bay Lightning and later became their assistant coach.


Al Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He spent almost 7 seasons in Toronto where he was known as one of the best skaters in the game. Iafrate played in four All-Star Games and at the ’93 game set the record for the hardest slapshot at 105.2 MPH and held this record for 16 years. He played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes while playing in Toronto, Washington, Boston, and San Jose. HE is also well known for having one of the best hockey hairdo’s The Mullet!


Roy was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 6th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played Junior in the QMJHL and racked up 701 penalty Mins over 3 seasons. Andre made his NHL debut with the Bruins in ‘95/’96 season and spent 3 years with their organization. In the ‘99/’00 season Roy became a regular with the Ottawa Senators, a team he would play 3 seasons before being traded to Tampa Bay. With the Lightning Roy, would win a Stanley Cup in 2004. He also played for Pittsburgh and Calgary and finished his 11 year NHL Career in 2009. He played 556 Games, 72 points and 1,267 Penalty minutes.

Brian Skrudland:

Skrudland played for the Saskatoon Blades in the early ‘80’s before turning pro with the Montreal Canadiens in ‘85/’86 and won the Stanley Cup in his rookie year. Skrudland would play 7 and a half seasons with the Habs before moving to Calgary in a mid-season trade. Skrudland would begin the next season as the first ever captain for the expansion Florida Panthers. Skrudland spent 4 seasons in the Sunshine State, highlighted by a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, where the Panthers lost to the Colorado Avalanche. After a brief stint with the New York Rangers, Skrudland joined the Dallas Stars, with whom he won his 2nd Stanley Cup with in 1999. Following another run to the Stanley Cup Finals, which the Stars lost to the New Jersey Devils, Skrudland retired after the 2000 season. In retirement, Skrudland has served as an assistant coach with both the Flames and the Panthers.

Mathhew Barnaby

Matthew was the fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Barnaby is a graduate of the QMJHL. In his first full season in the NHL, with the Buffalo Sabres, Barnaby led the league with 335 minutes in penalties. Barnaby also played for Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars. Everywhere he went Barnaby became a fan favorite with his feisty play and give all attitude. Unfortunately, his career was cut short due to concussion issues. He would finished with 834 games played and over 2500 penalty minutes.

John LeClair

LeClair played for four seasons at the University of Vermont, leading the team in goals, points and penalty minutes in his senior season in ‘90/’91 After his last game in the college ranks he was immediately called up to the Montreal Canadiens, the team that had drafted him 33rd overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. LeClair played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. With the Flyers, LeClair became the first American-born player to score 50 goals in three consecutive NHL seasons while playing on the Legion of Doom line with Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg. LeClair was a member of the Montreal Canadiens' Stanley Cup winning team in 1993.

Patrice Brisbois

Patrice was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 30th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played his junior career for the Laval Titan and Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. In 9091, Patrice was awarded the Emile Bouchard Trophy for being the best defencemen in the QMJHL and was named to the QMJHL All-Star team. That season Patrice would win the award for being the best defenceman in the CHL. Patrice would play for the Canadiens for 14 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 1992- 93 after defeating the LA Kings. By 1999, Brisebois had become the leader of the Canadiens defence core. Following the NHL lockout in 04, Patrice left the Canadiens and signed a two year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Patrice would have a career year scoring a high 38 points with the Avalanche in the 200506 season. In the summer of 2007 Patrice would sign a one-year deal returning him to his hometown team Montreal Canadiens, and at the end of the season would extend a further one-year deal. In 2009, after an 18-year career and over 1000 games played in the NHL Patrice would announce his retirement. Brisebois ranks third all-time in games played for the Canadiens as a defenceman, lacing up 896 times.


Stock went undrafted after two seasons with the Victoriaville Tigers of the QMJHL where he amassed 957 penalty minutes. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 1997 where he spent the next three seasons playing for the Rangers and their AHL farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Prior to 200001, Stock signed a free agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He played 20 games that year, before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. After a brief return to New York in the following offseason, Stock was claimed by the Boston Bruins. Stock totaled 523 penalty minutes in 235 NHL games before retiring in 2004. After retirement Stock had his own show on Montreal radio called The Stock Exchange on Team 990. Stock debuted on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in 2007 as a panel member for The Hot Stove segment. He current resides in Montreal and is an on air personality for RDS.

Dale Hawerchuk

After leading the Cornwall Royals to two consecutive Memorial Cup Championships, Dale was selected first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981 NHL Entry Draft. Dale immediately emerged as the Jets superstar, He became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points, finishing the season with 103. He won the NHL's Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie of the Year in 1982. Dale spent 9 seasons with Winnipeg and recorded 100 points in a season 6 times. He played for Team Canada ’87 and was instrumental on the game winning goal in the series deciding game. He also played for Buffalo, St. Louis and Philadelphia and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility in 2001. He is the current Head Coach of the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

Mathieu Dandenault

Mathieu hails from Sherbrooke where he played his junior hockey prior to being drafted in the 2nd round 49th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the ’94 entry draft. He would spend nine seasons in the motor city winning three Stanley Cups in “97, ’98 & ’02. During the NHL lockout in ‘04/’05 he played in Italy and came back to begin the ‘’05/’06 season with his childhood favourite team the Montreal Canadiens. Dandenault would play 4 seasons in total with the Habs and retired from the NHL with 868 games played and 203 points. He also won Gold with Canada at the World Championships in 2003.

Mike Sillinger

Mike was drafted 11th overall in the ’89 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He played Junior for the Regina Pats and over 4 years played 266 games and registered 419 points and won gold for Canada at the ’91 World Juniors. His NHL debut came in ‘90/’91 season with the Red Wings, an organization he would spend parts of 5 seasons with prior to playing in Anaheim, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida, Ottawa, Columbus, Phoenix, St. Louis, Nashville & NY Islanders. Mike would play 1049 NHL Games scoring 548 points

Wayne Primeau

Primeau was drafted in the 1st Round, 17th overall in the ’94 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He scored a goal in his first NHL game during the ‘94/’95 season but didn’t become a full time NHL’er until the ‘96/’97 season with the Sabres. Wayne would spend the next 4 seasons in Buffalo and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in ‘98/’99 only to lose in triple OT on the controversial goal by Brett Hull, now commonly known in Sabre Land as NO GOAL! Wayne would go onto play in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Boston, Calgary and finished his career in Toronto in 2010. His career totals are 864 Games Played with 215 points.

Weekend Emcee

Ken Reid


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