HOMETOWN HEROES ROSTER ADDS MORE LOCAL PLAYERS WITH LESS THAN A WEEK TO GO

July 17, 2015

 

GODERICH, ON – With less than a week to go until the Hometown Heroes charity hockey game in Goderich five more local hockey standouts have joined the roster including:

 

  • Joey Hishon, a Stratford native, played 13 games with the Colorado Avalanche last year. Hishon also played for the Owen Sound Attack and lead the team in scoring in 2009.

  • Garrett Meurs, a Ripley native is currently playing for the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2011 NHL entry draft.  

  • Bobby Raymond, a native of Lucknow currently plays for the Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He was AHL Champion with the Binghamton Senators in 2011 and ECHL Champion with the Florida Everblades 2012

  • Jeremy Welsh, a Bayfield native scored 20 goals for the Chicago Wolves last year in the AHL while under contract with the St. Louis Blues. He previously played for Carolina Hurricanes and the Vancouver Canucks.

  • Brad Aitken is a resident of Central Huron. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. He also played in the IHL and the AHL including a brief stint overseas.


The game will take place at the Maitland Recreation Centre in Goderich next Thursday, July 23rd. The Goderich Lions Club will also be putting on a pre-game BBQ before the game outside the YMCA starting at 5:00pm. Everyone is welcome!


Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased at MP Ben Lobb’s office in Goderich or Port Elgin. Tickets are also available at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop, and the Goderich-Huron YMCA or by contacting Gwen Devereaux at 519 524-8689 ext. 5724.

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NEW BRONCHOSCOPE FOR HOSPITAL IN GODERICH

February 17, 2015

 

Huron-Bruce M-P Ben Lobb paid a visit to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich on Friday.

 

The Hometown Heroes Raise a Little Health charity hockey game that Lobb organized last July raised around 40-thousand dollars. The money was split between the hospital, the Goderich Y’s Strong Kids progam and the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth.

 

The hospital’s share of the money went towards the purchase of a new Bronchoscope and Lobb wanted to visit the hospital to make that announcement and show Goderich and area residents what the money bought.

 

The Bronchscope provides a less invasive way for a doctor to examine a patients lungs and airways.

 

- By Bob Montgomery at Blackburnnews.com

MP BEN LOBB ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME IN GODERICH

April 10, 2015

 

GODERICH, ON – Huron Bruce Member of Parliament Ben Lobb is thrilled to announce that the 2nd annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game will take place Thursday July 23rd at the Maitland Recreation Centre.

 

The sell-out crowd last year was able to help raise over $40,000 for the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids.

 

All of the funds raised will be donated to the three community groups who are working to improve the health and wellness of individuals in our community. The goal this year is to raise $50,000 for these local organizations.

 

Tickets will be available April 17th and can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s office in Goderich or Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop and Goderich-Huron YMCA.

 

What:
2nd Annual Hometown Heroes

“Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game

 
When:
Thursday July 23, 2015

Doors open – 6:00 p.m.

Opening ceremony - 6:45 p.m.

Puck drop – 7:00 p.m.

 
Where:
Maitland Recreational Centre,

190 Suncoast Dr E

 

Players who are joining the roster include Current NHL’er Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche, Cal O’Reilly who currently plays for the Utica Comets of the AHL, Former NHL’er Dave McLlwain and Former NHL’er and Stanley Cup winner Boyd Devereaux. Other players participating in the game will be announced throughout the month.

 

Quotes

“Last year was a great success; the outpouring of support from the community was incredible. Every ticket purchased is helping to provide quality health care in our community. I hope to see everyone out on July 23rd at the Maitland Rec Centre for the 2nd annual Hometown Heroes’ charity hockey game.”

-       Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb

 

“We are very excited about this early announcement of the Home Town Heroes Raise a Little Health Hockey Game. Last year was such a success and tickets sold out early! Gateway was thrilled to be one of the charities of choice for the revenue generated at this event. It allowed us to hire five students, exposing them to healthcare job opportunities in our local communities while advancing their studies as students. Ben Lobb M.P. deserves so much credit for supporting our mandate of advancing rural health by strengthening rural health research locally. This will be a fun night. Don't miss it.”

-       Gwen Devereaux , President, Board of Directors Gateway,

 

 “We are delighted to be a part of Raise a Little Health Hockey Game 2015 again this year.  Not only was last year a great deal of fun and a chance to watch some terrific hockey, it was also a highly successful fundraising event for the three charities of choice.   As one of those three charities, and through your generosity, AMGH was able to purchase a Bronchoscope which is an essential piece of equipment used in our emergency and operating rooms for diagnosing and treating lung problems.  This year we are hoping to raise funds to purchase a portable ventilator which is a critical care piece of equipment used to manage a patient’s breathing. Our thanks to Ben Lobb MP and his enthusiastic team who work tirelessly to make this an ‘event not to miss’.  Please join us for a fun night and an excellent cause. “   

-       Karen Davis, President and CEO , Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH)

 

"The Y is excited for our continued partnership with Raise a Little Health, to be a recipient of funds and to host this incredible hockey game at the Maitland Recreation Centre.  Last year, this event gave a tremendous boost to our annual Strong Kids campaign and helped us to support over 700 children, youth and families from across Huron County participate in recreation.  YMCA Strong Kids aims to ensure that every kid in our community gets the chance to play, learn, grow and develop through recreation.  Our MP Ben Lobb has been a long-time supporter of Strong Kids, he is a regular face at our Y and someone we are very grateful to have advocating for the advancement of raising healthy kids in our communities.  We are thrilled to also be partnered with Gateway and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital again this year and to be part of a strategy to strengthen rural health.  Get your tickets early, this event will sell out and we look forward to seeing you on July 23, 2015."

-       Anne-Marie Thomson, Coordinator Community Recreation & Programs

CZUCZMAN AND MACLEAN TO LACE UP FOR 2ND ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

July 02, 2015

 

GODERICH, ON – With three weeks to go until the 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game the organizers are happy to announce that Brett Maclean, former Phoenix Coyotes Forward and New York Islanders Defenseman, Kevin Czuczman both from Port Elgin will be joining the roster.

 

The Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game will be taking place on Thursday, July 23rd in Goderich at the Maitland Recreation Centre. The goal is to raise $50,000 for three local organizations; the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids; Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health; and Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.

 

The game will feature former and current NHL stars, including former Detroit Red Wings Forward and Stanley Cup Champion, Boyd Devereaux; former NHLer Dave McLlwain, current Colorado Avalanche Forward Ryan O’Reilly; and his brother Cal O’Reilly, who currently plays for the Utica Comets in the AHL.

 

Tickets for the Hometown Heroes charity hockey game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s constituency offices in Goderich and Port Elgin. Tickets are also available at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop, and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. You can also contact Gwen Devereaux at 519 524-8689 ext. 5724.

BLYTH’S PETERS BROTHERS TO JOIN ROSTER FOR 2ND ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

July 08, 2015

 

GODERICH, ON – With two weeks to go until the 2nd Annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game the organizers are happy to announce that the Peters brothers from Blyth will be joining the roster for this year’s game.

 

Justin Peters, a goalie and the oldest of the three brothers is currently with the Washington Capitals. Anthony Peters, also a goalie just capped a tremendous season playing in three different levels of hockey including the Atlantic University Sport Hockey League, ECHL and finishing his season with the Rochester Americans in the AHL.  Youngest brother Alex Peters is coming off an injury from last season.  He is looking forward to playing with the Plymouth Whalers and attending training camp with the Dallas Stars this fall.

 

The Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game will be taking place on Thursday, July 23rd in Goderich at the Maitland Recreation Centre. The goal is to raise $50,000 for three local organizations; the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids; Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health; and Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.

 

The game will feature former and current NHL stars, including former Detroit Red Wings Forward and Stanley Cup Champion, Boyd Devereaux; former NHLer Dave McLlwain, current Buffalo Sabers Forward Ryan O’Reilly; and his brother Cal O’Reilly, who is also with the Buffalo Sabers.

 

Tickets for the Hometown Heroes charity hockey game can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s constituency offices in Goderich and Port Elgin. Tickets are also available at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop, and the Goderich-Huron YMCA. You can also contact Gwen Devereaux at 519 524-8689 ext. 5724.

FIVE MORE PLAYERS ADDED TO 2ND ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES HOCKEY GAME ROSTER

July 17, 2015

 

GODERICH, ON – Today, the organizers announced a list of five more players set to hit the ice at the Maitland Recreation Centre in Goderich next Thursday, July 23rd for the Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game.


Local NHL standouts are lending their time to raise funds for three local community organizations. Newly recruited players include:

 

  • Liam Maaskant, Captain of the Kitchener Rangers from Goderich Township

  • Kenny Huether, Memorial Cup winner with the Oshawa Generals

  • Ray Huether:  Centre for the North Bay Battalion in the OHL

  • Nick Spaling, the newest member of the Toronto Maple Leafs from Drayton, Ontario

  • Brandon DeFazio, team mates with Cal O’Reilly and Calder Cup Finalist with the Utica Comets.  Brandon also played his first NHL game this year with the Vancouver Canucks.


Last year’s game was sold out. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased at MP Ben Lobb’s office in Goderich or Port Elgin. Tickets are also available at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth, the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop, and the Goderich-Huron YMCA or by contacting Gwen Devereaux at 519 524-8689 ext. 5724.

HOMETOWN HOCKEY FOR HEALTH

Friday, July 25, 2014

NHL star and Huron-Bruce MP face off in charity hockey game that raises $41,000.

 

Goderich - The Here's to Your Health charity hockey game has raised almost $41,000 for a trio of beneficiaries. A capacity crowd of 800 people were treated to some fast paced hockey on Thursday at the Maitland Recreational Centre in Goderich. The match was organized by Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb. Proceeds are being shared equally between the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, the Gateway Centre for Rural Health in Seaforth, and the Y.

Lobb suited up for the winners, as Team Devereaux defeated Team O'Reilly, 7-4.

MP Lobb says he got the idea from colleagues in Ottawa who hold similar events in their home ridings.  The member says there will be a look at what worked and what can be improved, but he's up for doing it again.

Lobb thanks Ryan O'Reilly for recruiting most of the pros, prospects, semi-pros, recreational leaguers and retirees who suited up to provide the entertainment.   Clinton's Ryan O'Reilly -- who the previous day had signed a two-year multi-million dollar contract extension with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche -- says playing in the Hometown Heroes game was priceless.

He says it would have been nicer to win, but the summer ice surface made for some odd bounces.

 

- By Rick Stow at bayshorebroadcasting.ca

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS CONTINUE FOR

CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

Thursday, July 3, 2014

 

Goderich - Members of Unifor Local16-O, the union that represents the workers at the Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich, presented a cheque for $5,000 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA Maitland Recreation Centre on June 20 to support Hometown Heroes: Raise a Little Health’s goal of reaching $50,000.

 

Unifor Local16-O plans to have a few of their workers play in the game as well.

 

“We’re very happy to support and contribute to this event,” said Lionel Carter, the local president for Unifor. “We look forward to having our union members on the ice.”

 

Ben Lobb, MP for Huron-Bruce was also in attendance to announce some more NHL and hockey players that will be taking part in the game.  Lobb said NHL players such as Joey Hishon, centre for the Colorado Avalanche, and Justin Peters, goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes have recently signed on to play. “We will announce more players every week leading up to the game,” Lobb said.

 

Brian O’Reilly, co-founder of the fundraiser and father of Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Cal O’Reilly who currently plays for the American Hockey League, was there to support the announcements.

 

Karen Davis, the CEO and president of Alexandra Marine & General Hospital and Gwen Devereaux, the president of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, were also in attendance.

 

Lobb said the other major sponsors such as Telus, which sponsored $2,500, and WestJet, who contributed two tickets to anywhere that WestJet flies, should also be recognized.

 

“Our goals was to raise $50,000 and we’re well on way,” Lobb said. “We may even surpass our goal, which will be great.”

Lobb said he has two more big sponsors in the works and that he just needs to confirm things before making any kind of announcement.  “If there are any other sponsors that would like to put us over the top, we’ll welcome them,” Lobb said.

All money raised will be split amongst the three chosen organizations – Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich-Huron YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.

 

Ticket information and an on-going list of players can be found on the HometownHeroes: Raise a Little Health website www.htheroes.ca.

 

For more information, call Gwen Devereaux at 519-524-8689 ext 5212.

 

- By Steph Smith, The Goderich Signal Star

MORE SPONSORS FOR HOCKEY FUNDRAISER

Saturday, June 21, 2014 

Hockey alum to appear at 'Hometown Heroes' to raise money for health care.


Huron-Bruce - We're just over a month away from the Raise a Little Health charity hockey game, and Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb says the fundraising effort has reached 60 per cent of it target.  Lobb held a media event at the Maitland Recreation Centre on Friday to announce major sponsorships have been provided by UNIFOR Local 16-0 -- representing workers at Sifto -- and from Telus Communications.

 

Telus is contributing $2,500 while Local 16-0 is putting up $5,000. Lobb says this brings the total already raised for the July 24th game at MRC to over $30,000 -- the target is $50,000. The game is entitled "Hometown Hero's", and a lineup of locals is being augmented by guest NHLers and ex-professional players.

 

Ben Lobb says Justin Peters, the back-up goalie with the Carolina Hurricanes has added his name to the roster.  Old-timer Dave McLlwain is a former professional hockey player who played for five NHL teams including the Winnipeg Jets, the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. McLlwain ended his career in Europe in 2009 with Bern SC.

 

The MP says tickets are still available for the event taking place on Thursday July 24th at the Maitland Recreation Centre.

Doors open at 6 PM and puck drop is at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at MP Ben Lobb’s office in Goderich or Port Elgin, Alexandra Marine General Hospital, YMCA Goderich and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. The latter three locations are the beneficiaries of the event.

 

- By Rick Stow at bayshorebroadcasting.ca

NHL STARS AT GODERICH CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

June 2, 2014 

The ‘Raise a Little Health’ charity hockey game in Goderich is starting to take shape. Huron-Bruce M-P Ben Lobb is organizing the game, with proceeds going to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, the Goderich Y’s Strong Kids program, and the Gateway Rural Health Research Institute in Seaforth.

 

Cal and Ryan O’Reilly of Seaforth and former NHL star Boyd Devereaux have been confirmed for the game. They’ve also been able to recruit former Phoenix Coyote forward Brett Maclean from Port Elgin, and they’ll be adding more players every week leading up to the game. Lobb adds the roster will feature both men and women and will include Members of Parliament. It’s scheduled for July 24th at the Maitland Rec. Centre in Goderich.

 

More information can be found on the web site www.htheroes.ca. Tickets can be purchased at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin as well as the Goderich Y, the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital or the Gateway Research Institute in Seaforth.

 

- By Bob Montgomery at Blackburnnews.com

LACING UP THE SKATES FOR HEALTH 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MP Ben Lobb and NHL stars will play in charity game to raise funds for health care.

 

Goderich - Three Huron County health care organizations will be winners this summer as Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb laces up the skates with current and former NHLers in a charity hockey game in Goderich.  The Hometown Heroes "Raise a Little Health" game aims to raise $50,000 for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Seaforth.

Lobb says former Red Wing and Maple Leaf Boyd Devereaux from Seaforth is confirmed to play in the game as are Colorado star Ryan O'Reilly of Clinton and his brother Cal. He says more information about NHL participants will be released in the coming weeks as their appearances are confirmed.  Several other MPs will play along with Goderich area celebrities.

Adult tickets to the game are $10 each and children's tickets are $5 -- they're available at the Goderich Y, the AMGH gift shop, the Gateway Centre in Seaforth and Lobb's offices in Goderich and Port Elgin.  More information is available by visiting www.htheroes.ca.

The charity hockey game will take place on July 24th at MRC.  The doors open at 6 PM, with an opening ceremony at 6:45 PM and the opening face-off at 7 PM.

 

- By Peter Jackson at Bayshorebroasting.ca

HURON-BRUCE MP JOINS HOMETOWN

HEROES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME

May 2014

 

Port Elgin, ON - Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb will join a number of other local celebrities in the Hometown Heroes "Raise a Little Health" charity hockey game, July 24, at the Maitland Recreation Centre in Goderich. The goal is to raise $50,000 for three local organizations: the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids; Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health; and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.

 

The game will feature former and current NHL stars, including:

 

  • Former Detroit Red Wings forward and Stanley Cup champion Boyd Devereaux

  • Current Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly

  • O'Reilly's younger brother, Cal, who currently plays for the Utica Comets in the AHL

 

The event organizers are happy to announce that Brett MacLean, former Phoenix Coyote forward, will be joining the roster.

In the summer of 2012, MacLean suffered cardiac arrest while playing some pick-up hockey with friends in Owen Sound. The arena was equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and this was used to shock his heart until paramedics arrived on the scene.  This ultimately ended his career as a professional hockey player, but it did not end his passion for the sport.

 

“I’m excited to be taking part in this cause, and as always, pretty pumped to get out there on the ice,” said MacLean.

For the past three years, he has worked together with friends, as well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, to set up the Bar Down for Heart and Stroke Road Hockey Tournament. This year’s tournament is taking place June 13-15 at the Racquetball Club in Port Elgin. For more information, contact Adam Rosner at 519-389-1504, or E-mail him at: adamrosner@hotmail.com

 

“We are delighted to have Brett joining the team, and we look forward to ‘raising a little health’ with him and many others this July,” said Lobb.

 

Game tickets can be purchased at Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin; at the Gateway Centre in Seaforth, the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Gift Shop, and the Goderich-Huron YMCA; or by contacting Gwen Devereaux at 519-524-8689, Ext. 5212.

 

- By Sandy Lindsay at the SaugeenTimes.com

 

CHARITY HOCKEY GAME BEING HELD IN GODERICH TO SUPPORT THREE ORGANIZATIONS

May 21, 2014

Goderich, ON—Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron Bruce will join some of the NHL’s brightest stars to help support three strong community partners. Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game in July will support the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.

 

What: Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game

When: Thursday July 24th. Doors open at 6pm, the opening ceremony is at 6:45pm, puck drop is 7pm

Where: Maitland Recreational Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr E Goderich, Ontario

 

Players who are joining the roster include Current NHL’er for the Colorado Avalanche Ryan O’Reilly and Former NHL’er and Stanley Cup winner Boyd Devereaux. Other players participating in the game will be announced throughout the month.

The goal is to raise $50,000 for these three organizations who are working to improve the health and wellness of so many in our community.  You can purchase tickets at Huron Bruce MP offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop and Goderich-Huron YMCA.

 

“This is truly a unique opportunity for our community to raise money through the game of hockey to support three different organizations that work very hard to make sure our community is healthy.”

  • Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb

 

“We want to acknowledge Ben Lobb for suggesting the concept of a celebrity fund raiser hockey game and for all the energy and ingenuity he has put into it.  We want to thank Brian O’Reilly for allowing us to build on his annual hockey game for fund raising purposes and for helping recruit a great bunch of NHL players for this event.  We are pleased we are to be able to work with Ben and Brian, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital and the YMCA in Goderich to build a significant charitable event. Funding to build healthy bodies, health research and health care here in Huron. For Gateway, the funding will be used to employ locally the bright minds of young people, to help us solve the health problems and remedy the health issues that are endemic in rural Canada. It is great fun helping to organize such a worthwhile event. We look forward to July 24th Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game.”

  •  President, Board of Directors Gateway, Gwen Devereaux

 

"AMGH appreciates being one of the 3 recipient organizations to receive funding from this Hometown Heroes ' Raise a Little Health ' Charity Hockey Game on July 24th. We are really looking forward to a great evening of fun & entertainment!  Thank you so very much for supporting your local hospital to help fund the equipment needs in our emergency and critical care areas. "

  • AMGH CEO, Karen Davis

 

“We want to provide opportunities for young people to reach their potential achieve their goals and improve their lives.  Last year, one in six kids coming to a YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatic Centre required financial assistance, and that need continues. The YMCA Strong Kids Fundraising Campaign helps eliminate the very real financial barriers these children face, and without it we would not be able to serve them. We want to provide a healthy, safe and positive environment where children, teens and young adults can flourish, and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, along with generous donations from local businesses help make that a reality.”

  • Co-ordinator, Community Recreation & Programs, Anne-Marie Thomson

 

MP LOBB ANNOUNCES 4TH ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES 

HOCKEY GAME TO BE HELD IN GODERICH

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb recently announced that the 4th annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game will take place on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Goderich.

Since 2014, the game has raised over $130,000 for three community partners: the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health and the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., the opening ceremony is at 6:45 p.m., and the puck drop is 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Goderich-Huron YMCA at 190 Suncoast Dr. E in Goderich.

Players who are joining the roster include current NHL’ers for the Buffalo Sabres, NHL All Star Ryan O’Reilly and Cal O’Reilly and Former NHL’er and Stanley Cup winner Boyd Devereaux.

Other players participating in the game will be announced throughout the spring.

The goal is to raise $70,000 for these three organizations who are working to improve the health and wellness of so many in our community. You can purchase tickets at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop, online at www.eventbrite.ca and at the Goderich-Huron YMCA.

“The outpouring of support from our community for the past Hometown Heroes games has been incredible. We hope to keep building on our past successes and continue to raise money through the game of hockey to support three great organizations that work very hard to make sure our community is healthy," said Lobb.

MP BEN LOBB ANNOUNCES 3RD ANNUAL HOMETOWN HEROES CHARITY HOCKEY GAME TO BE HELD IN GODERICH

 

March 18, 2016

 

GODERICH, ON – Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron Bruce is happy to announce the 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game will take place July 21, 2016. 

 

Since 2014, the game has raised $90,000 for three community partners: the Goderich-Huron YMCA’s Strong Kids, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, and Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.

 

What: 3rd Annual Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game

 

When: Thursday, July 21st, Doors open at 6pm, the opening ceremony is at 6:45pm, puck drop is 7pm

 

Where: Maitland Recreational Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. E Goderich, Ontario

 

Players who are joining the roster include Current NHL’ers for the Buffalo Sabres, NHL All Star Ryan O’Reilly and Cal O’Reilly and Former NHL’er and Stanley Cup winner Boyd Devereaux. Other players participating in the game will be announced throughout the spring.

 

The goal is to raise $50,000 for these three organizations who are working to improve the health and wellness of so many in our community.  You can purchase tickets at Ben Lobb’s offices in Goderich and Port Elgin, Gateway Centre in Seaforth, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Gift Shop and Goderich-Huron YMCA.

 

“The outpouring of support from our community for the past Hometown Heroes games has been incredible. We hope to keep building on our past successes and continue to raise money through the game of hockey to support three different organizations that work very hard to make sure our community is healthy.”

-Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament, Huron-Bruce

 

“AMGH appreciates being one of the 3 recipient organizations to again receive funding from the Hometown Heroes ‘Raise a Little Health’ Charity Hockey Game on July 21. We are very much looking forward to a great evening of fun & entertainment! Thank you so very much for supporting your local hospital to help fund the equipment needs in our emergency and critical care areas”.

-Bill Thibert, CEO, Alexandra Marine Hospital

 

“Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health is delighted to be a part of the 2016 Hometown Heroes ‘Raise a Little Health’ Charity Hockey Game, now in its third year!  As a member of the organizing team, working with Ben Lobb and Brian O’Reilly, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital and the YMCA in Goderich, we are excited to help promote this locally driven and fun event.  We are thankful to be one of the three recipient organizations to receive the funding raised which helps support innovative community projects and partnerships to improve the health and quality of life of our rural residents. “

-Shelia Schuehlein, President, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health

 

​"The YMCA provides opportunities for children and young people to reach their potential, achieve their goals and improve their lives.  Last year, one in six kids coming to the YMCA required financial support, and that need continues.  The YMCA Strong Kids Fundraising Campaign helps to eliminate the financial barriers that children face to participate in recreation, and without the community's support for our campaign we would not be able to serve these children.  ​It's a privilege to partner with Gateway Centre for Excellence and Alexandra Marine & General Hospital as recipients of the proceeds from the 3rd annual Hometown Heroes Raise a Little Health charity hockey game.  We are excited to host this event once again at the Maitland Recreation Centre and look forward to seeing everyone at the game!"

- Kathi Lomas-McGee, Sr. VP Operations YMCAs across Southwestern Ontario/GM Goderich-Huron YMCA

HOMETOWN HEROES HOCKEY GAME 

A week before the Hometown Heroes Charity Hockey Game, NHL player Ryan O’Reilly visited the Goderich-Huron YMCA today to meet with organizers of the event.

The Fourth Annual Hometown Heroes game, organized by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and the YMCA Strong Kids Program, is taking place next week on Thursday, July 20, with the official puck drop at 7pm.

“We are organizing the event under the banner of health for the community – getting kids involved in sport and recreation. Having local role models that the kids can watch and meet, helps promote that,” said event organizer from the YMCA, Anne Marie Thomson. “The kids see their local heroes, get inspired and then get involved in sport.”

As a means to promote healthy living in Huron County, the professional players, notable community participants and organizers also find this event as a way to give back to a community.

“It’s always nice to come back here. I feel like this community is a big reason why I am able to play where I am now. It is such a great community,” explained NHL professional and Clinton native, Ryan O’Reilly. “For us to come back and help be a part of this and help raise some money, it means a lot to us too. It means a lot to us, to help so many good people in this community that we can help support the best way we can.”

The proceeds from the hockey game will be split three-way amongst the organizations and registered charities involved: Gateway, AMGH and YMCA. The goal for the Fourth Annual Hometown Heroes Hockey Game is to raise $70, 000. 

In addition, O’Reilly added, “I remember when I was a young guy, I remember watching celebrity hockey games and seeing an NHL player in person. It’s funny now being on the complete opposite end of it now, and it’s great – you see the kids and how excited they get, and a lot of them don’t have the opportunity to go watch a real [NHL] game. To do it here and have some fun with it, it’s awesome and you can’t beat it.”

The Hometown Heroes Hockey Game is next week on Thursday, July 20 at the Goderich-Huron YMCA. The event will also feature a 50/50 draw, and a silent auction that will take place during the game. On-ice presentations begin at 6:30pm and an official puck drop at 7pm.

Tickets are available for purchase at each of the three organizations involved, the Goderich office of MP Ben Lobb as well as online at www.eventbrite.ca. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.


Kathleen Smith, Goderich Signal Star

VARNA'S RYAN O'REILLY HOME FOR CHARITY GAME

There's less than a week to go, before the fourth-annual Hometown Heroes: Raise a Little Health charity hockey game in Goderich.

The event at the Maitland Rec Centre features current and former NHLers and local personalities playing to benefit local health care and fitness organizations.

Organizer and Huron-Bruce Tory MP Ben Lobb says the fundraising goal is $70,000.

Among those lacing up the skates will be Varna native Ryan O'Reilly, a 26 year-old centre with the Buffalo Sabres.

During a news conference at MRC Thursday, O'Reilly told the Beach News that taking part in the game is important to him.

He says the event is a fitting way for him and his brother Cal to give back to the community who gave them the chance to play in the National Hockey League.

O'Reilly mentions that while the Hometown Heroes game is a fun event for charity, some players including himself like to get a bit competitive.

He says it's also a good indicator of how he'll need to get back into shape for the upcoming NHL season.

O'Reilly hopes his brother Cal -- who also plays in the NHL -- will appear in the game, but adds it's doubtful.

Retired NHLer Boyd Devereaux -- who won a Stanley Cup with Detroit -- is also scheduled to play.

The Hometown Heroes: Raise A Little Health game will be played at MRC on Thursday July 27th.

 

Tickets are available through Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb's constituency offices in Goderich and Port Elgin.

Peter Jackson, Bayshore Broadcasting

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Devereaux, O’Reilly lead 2017 Hometown Heroes charity hockey teams

GODERICH - The Hometown Heroes “Raise a Little Health” charity hockey game proved to be a huge success on July 20 at the Maitland Recreational Centre in Goderich with the game raising a record $55,000.

“It was another fantastic year for Hometown Heroes.  Since 2014 we have raised $185, 000 for three community groups” said Ben Lobb, MP for Huron-Bruce. “We are very proud of the energy, enthusiasm, and generosity put forth by our sponsors, celebrity players, volunteers and the community.”

The game featured Buffalo Sabres center and Huron County native Ryan O’Reilly and 2002 Stanley Cup champion and Seaforth native Boyd Devereaux along with local hockey stars.  

Hailing from Blyth, Alex Peters joined team Devereaux . He is currently playing for St. Mary’s University after a successful junior career with the Flint Firebirds.

Joining team O’Reilly was current netminder for the Florida Everglades, Anthony Peters of Blyth, and Garrett Meurs of Wingham who was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche and currently plays for the Norfolk Admirals.

Team O’Reilly defeated Team Devereaux, 9-7.

“Four years ago when Gateway approached Ben for help he suggested a charity hockey game. We proved once again that a small community can pull together and do great things!  Three important groups in the health community have benefited significantly from this support.  All recipient organizations agree once again that our goal of raising public awareness about the importance of local healthcare, research and physical fitness levels for children has been reached,” Bruce Quigley, president and CEO; Gwen Devereaux, AMGH business innovation and recruitment leader; and Jay McFarlan, president Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, said in a joint statement after the game.

Other area hockey stars who joined the roster were: Kevin Czuzcman — Last season held the blue line for the Manitoba Moose, recently signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Mike Halmo — Previously has played for the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning; Ray Huether — Centre for Western University, from Londesborough; Kenny Huether — Memorial Cup Champion and right wing for the Oshawa Generals from Londesborough; Joey Hishon — Currently playing in the Swedish Elite League; Dr. Mark Duckworth — Representing the Goderich doctors; Bill Bowler — Current VP of hockey operations for the Windsor Spitfires and is an OHL all time point leader; Devin Didiomete — Current left wing for the Fassa Falcons FC in the European League; Brad Aitken — Retired Edmonton Oiler hailing from Clinton; Dr. Dan Noel — Representing the Goderich doctors; and Dr. Mark Duckworth — Representing the Goderich doctors.

July 19, 2017 - Wingham Advanced Times

Planning Under Way

July 19 has been set for the 5th annual Hometown Heroes fundraiser hockey game to be held at the YMCA in Goderich.

Each summer, following a Junior A hockey camp hosted by the O’Rielly family, this charitable hockey game takes place on the third Thursday in July. Hosted by MP Ben Lobb, it provides great family entertainment value.

To date this fantastic community event has raised over $185,000.

Each year the funds are split evenly between the YMCA Strong Kids program, the AM&G Hospital emergency department and The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.

At the inaugural 2018 meeting, representatives of AM&G hospital, the YMCA, Gateway and Ben Lobb's office met on Tuesday January 16 to discuss some of the promotion and logistic details that go into making this game a great fundraiser and fun family evening.

Tickets for this game will go on sale shortly and the website will be unveiled in the very near future.

This event has been an incredible success because of the sponsorship support of the business and professional community in Goderich and area.

The fans who come out to the game and participate in the silent auction, 50/50 ticket sales and the chuck a puck event are integral to ensuring that fundraising targets are met or exceeded each year.

For this 5th anniversary event the goal is to raise $75,000. 

January 18, 2018, Goderich Signal Star