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About Halifax Hockey Heroes Weekend

Hosted by Heart & Stroke, Hockey Heroes Weekend April 26-28, 2019 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. Last year’s alumni included John Scott, John LeClair, Marty McSorley, Al Iafrate, Gary Leeman and Joe Nieuwendyk to name a few. Each year promises an unforgettable line-up and experience for participants, sponsors and the community.

Friday April 26, 2019 - Draft Night

  • Meet and socialize 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 auction items

Saturday April 27, 2019

  • VIP locker room care and service
  • Tournament games with your NHL Alumni
  • VIP social night

Sunday April 28, 2019

  • Tournament games with your NHL Alumni
  • Hockey Heroes Game: top individual fundraisers play the final game with all NHL Alumni

Get in The Game

  • Recruit a team of colleagues, friends or a mix of both, 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 pick by being the top fundraising team

Executive Committee

Michael Steele (Co-Chair) Jeremy Moore - RBC (Co-Chair) Maurice Chiasson - Stewart McKelvey Jon Cuming - TMC Law Robert Zed - The Zed Group Kendall MacPhee - Department of Natural Resources John Guinan - CIBC Wood Gundy Robb Medwid - Atlantica Mechanical Greg Murphy - News 95.7/Jack 92.9FM Brett Watt - Eastport Financial Kevin Lynch - Medavie Blue Cross Ken McCormick Moosehead Breweries Limited

The Executive Committee is formed by a group of committed community leaders. The committee meets monthly and will assist with a variety of tasks to ensure the success of the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Weekend.
Interested in becoming a Committee member? Contact Jacqueline Stevens (902) 334-1121 or

Here are the Alumni who participated in 2018.

Confirmed Alumni! Here’s some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2019 Hockey Heroes Weekend in Halifax.





Here are the Alumni who participated in 2018.

Confirmed Alumni! Here’s some of the NHL Alumni that will be taking part in the 2018 BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend in Halifax.


Scott started his career by playing university hockey with Michigan Tech. After graduation he was a free agent and joined the Houston Aeroes of the American Hockey League in 2006. In the 2006-’07 season Scott was signed by the Minnesota Wild to an entry-level contract. Having been successful with the Wild he left in 2010 and signed a two year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Scott went on to play for the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens.
In 2016, after much speculation and arguments, Scott was announced by the NHL as team captain for the Pacific Division roaster at the 2016 All-Star Game. During the All-Star Game Scott scored two goals in the semi-final that sent his team to the finals which the Pacific division won. Scott was named All-Star Game MVP after a viral twitter campaign. Hockey legends, official team pages and many fans took to twitter with the hashtag #VoteMVPScott. After the overwhelming support the NHL awarded him the title. Scott officially retired in 2016 in the form of an announcement in a Players Tribute titled Five Goals, Four Kids, One Hell of a Good Time.


Maruk started his career with the London Knights before being drafted by the California Golden Seals in 1975. He became NHL’s first rookie to score five shorthanded goals in a season. Maruk also played for the Cleveland Barons, Minnesota North Stars and Washington Capitals. His years with the Capitals, were some of his best - statistically. He is the first Capitals player to score 100 points in a season. Dennis finished his career with the North Stars and was the last active player who ever played for the Seals/Barons franchise.


Gilbert Dionne is a retired professional ice hockey left winger who played six seasons in the National Hockey League from 1990-91 until 1995-96. Dionne was drafted 81st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was named to the 1992 NHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 21 goals and 34 points in only 39 games. Overall, he played 223 career NHL games, scoring 61 goals and 79 assists for 140 points. He won a Stanley Cup in 1993 with the Montreal Canadiens.


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.


DiPenta was drafted sixty-first overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He is a Halifax local who grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and played for the Halifax Mooseheads. In 2007 he won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. He moved on to sign with Frölunda HC of Eliterien for the 2008-2009 season. In July of 2009 he came back to the NHL to sign a one year contract with the Sabres


McLlwain played in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers and North Bay Centennials. He was drafted 172nd overall in the 1986 NHL Draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins. McLlwain floated through different NHL teams throughout his career playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins (twice), the Winnipeg Jets, the New York Islanders (twice), the Buffalo Sabres, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Ottawa Senators. His final game in the NHL was with the Islanders in 1997. He finished his NHL career with 100 goals and 107 assists in 501 games. He continued playing the game in Europe until he officially retired in March 2009.


Dandenault was 9th overall in the 1994 amateur draft by the Detroit Red Wings as a right wing, but converted into a defenceman. During his 9 seasons with the Red Wings, he won the Stanley Cup three times in 1997, 1998, and 2002. In 2003 he represented Canada at the 2003 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships, where he won a gold medal. He played with the HC Asiago in Italy during the 2004-2005 lockout and signed a 4-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens after the lockout ended. He played 868 regular season games scoring 68 goals, and 135 assists for 203 points.


Metropolit was never drafted by the NHL, but still managed a 10-year NHL career. He played in the ECHL as a centre before making his NHL debut in the 1999-2000 season with the Washington Capitals. He would go on to alternate playing in the AHL and NHL for the next 3 seasons before playing in Europe. In 2006 he returned to North America and was signed for a short time with the Atlanta Thrashers before being traded to the St. Louis Blues. He also played for the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Montreal Canadiens before leaving the NHL. He played 407 games and scored 57 goals with 102 assists for a total of 159 points.


Thornton was drafted 3rd overall in the 1st round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a left wing, in which he played 33 games in his rookie season. In 1991 he was picked up by the Edmonton Oilers whom he played with for 5 seasons. He also played for the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars before signing a contract with the San Jose Sharks in 2000. He had a career year scoring 20 goals alongside Mike Ricci. In 2006 he signed a 2-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings before retiring in 2008. He played 941 regular season games scoring 144 goals and 141 assists for 285 points.


Primeau was drafted 17th overall in the 1994 draft by the Buffalo Sabres as a centre and scored his first goal in his first NHL game. In 2000 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and then to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. In 2003 he was traded to the San Jose Sharks where he would go on to have a career year with 9 goals and 20 assists. He would go on to play with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He played 774 regular season games scoring 69 goals and 125 assists for 194 points.


Leeman was drafted 24th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He was best known as a speedy and gritty scoring machine and he had a 50 goal season to his credit for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He formed the "Hound Line" along with Wendel Clark and Russ Courtnall while helping the Leafs come within a game of the semi-finals. In addition to the Leafs, Leeman also played for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues. He won a Stanley Cup in Montreal in 1993. He played 667 regular season games in the NHL, scoring 199 goals and 267 assists for 466 points


Dennis Vial, born in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, started his NHL career with the New York Rangers, being drafted in the 6th round of the 1988 Entry Draft. Throughout the next couple of years he bounced around team to team in the OHL, IHL and AHL. Vial was then traded from the Red Wings to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1993-94 season. He was left unprotected in the ’93 NHL Expansion draft and was picked up by the Mighty Ducks, but in phase 2 was picked up by the Ottawa Senators’. Vial had the most success during his time with the Senators’ where he received the team’s Frank Finnigan Award for their most improved player. Dennis had an aggressive and all-out playing style which resulted in many injuries ultimately leading to his retirement from the NHL in the 1997-’98 season. However he still played the game of hockey. For the next 7 seasons he played with a number of minor league teams and in the BISL in England. He retired officially from hockey in 2004-’05. Vial is not only an NHL legend; he also is a survivor of a heart attack. Vial had a heart attack in 2012 while playing in a pick-up game; he was saved by a nurse who was also playing. We thank Vial for being a part of the Hockey Heroes Weekend, as a legend, and a survivor!


May was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, 14th overall, in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded by the Sabres to the Vancouver Canucks in 1998. After sitting out during the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, May signed with the Colorado Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent for two years in 2005. In 2007 he was later traded 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, May was traded from the Ducks to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional 6th round draft pick in 2010. 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.

Weekend Emcee

Ken Reid

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