About the event

Hosted by the Heart & Stroke, Hockey Heroes Weekend offers participants a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to play hockey with NHL alumni. Last year, some of the greatest NHL heroes shared the ice with our Hockey Heroes Weekend participants, including Wendel Clark, Paul Coffey, Shayne Corson, Al Iafrate, Mike Krushelnyski, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Brian Skrudland, Darcy Tucker and many more. Each year we promise an unforgettable line-up and event for participants, sponsors and the community.

Every seven minutes in Canada someone dies from heart disease and stroke. The funds raised by Hockey Heroes Weekend participants support life-saving research and programs which address heart disease and stroke. Your support means we can have a more tangible impact on the lives of Canadians by fulfilling our mission to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.

Friday = Draft Night

• Meet, and hang out with all the NHL Alumni Players

• 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


• VIP locker room care and service

• Tournament Games with your NHL Alumni player

• VIP Social Night


• Tournament Games with your NHL Alumni player

• All-Star Hockey Heroes Game: Top Individual Fundraisers play the final game with all NHL Alumni players

How it works:

  • Recruit a team of colleagues, friends or a mix of both, or join an existing team looking for players
  • Register online to create your personal online fundraising page, and ask friends and family to support your efforts by making a donation.
  • Each team is asked to raise a minimum of $16,000 to participate, or approximately $1,000 per person.
  • Each team member will look and feel like a pro when they receive their custom Hockey Heroes Weekend jersey and matching socks.

Fundraising tips

  1. Sharing your personal story and connection to the Heart and Stroke Foundation is a very effective way to get friends and family motivated to support your fundraising! Help kick-start your fundraising by making a self-donation.
  2. Each team is asked to raise a minimum of $16,000 to participate, or approximately $1,000 per person. The top fundraising team has first choice of NHL alumni players at the Friday night team draft.
    1. It's quick for you - Once you register online, you get an online Participant Centre. From there, you can send out emails asking for support and people can donate directly to your personal event page. You can also share your personal event page link on social media to get more donations.
    2. It's easy for your donors - They can donate securely online and they'll immediately receive a tax receipt for their contribution.
    3. It's cost-effective for us - When you raise money online, we use fewer resources to process donations. That means that more of the money can be applied directly to programs that create survivors!
  3. Consider hosting your own individual event as another way to help boost your fundraising!


If you are part of a team, your team as a whole is committed to raise a minimum of $16,000 or approximately $1,000 per player. Your draft pick is determined based on your team’s fundraising efforts, so the more you raise the better your pick.

Your dollars at work

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    This year we invested close to $31 million in research, supporting 850 researchers across Canada.

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    Through our instructor network, Heart and Stroke Foundation trained more than 500,000 Canadians in CPR, giving them the skills to save a life.

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    Co-funded a breakthrough in stroke research which has been shown to cut in half death rate from major stroke caused by clots. Heart and Stroke Researcher revolutionized our understanding of how and where cholesterol accumulates. It is a leap in understanding coronary artery disease and will provide new targets for therapies.

  • Brett's Story

  • Joe's Story

  • Heather's Story

  • Karin's Story

  • Andrew's Story

  • Ed's Story

  • Sean's Story

Brett's Story

Joe's Story

Heather - Making heart health child's play

Dr. Heather McKay is reshaping a community ─ and the heart health of its children ─ by making it easier for kids to be physically active.

Karin - Giving women a second chance

Dr. Karin Humphries is studying why women lag behind men in recovering after a heart attack and how we can close that gender gap.

Andrew - Stopping cardiac arrest before it happens

Dr. Andrew Krahn is working to save lives by uncovering the DNA sequences behind LQTS, a rare condition that puts healthy people at risk of sudden death.

Ed - Chasing the next breakthrough

Dr. Edward Pryzdial is studying a new clot-busting drug with the potential to give stroke patients safer, faster and more effective treatment.

Sean - Using robotics for stroke recovery

Dr. Sean Dukelow is developing innovative ways to assess stroke damage, remap the brain and restore function, giving new hope to survivors.

Photo Gallery

Photos provided by SteadRock Photography & Jeremy Vaters