With thousands of hockey fans cheering them on, the Durham Regional Police gave the NHL Legends a run for their money recently at the annual Oldtimers Game at the GM Centre in downtown Oshawa. The legendary hockey heroes won the game, but with over $100,000 in proceeds going to the Special Olympics, everyone came away a winner.
Great hockey is guaranteed at this annual event, as our police team is known as one of the best in Canada by the NHL Oldtimers’ League. The Oldtimers team was made up of NHL greats Steve Shutt, Glenn Anderson, Billy Smith and former Oshawa General, Philadelphia Flyer and hometown favourite Eric Lindros, as he joined the team this year, much to the crowds’ enjoyment.
Deputy Chief Scott Burns and Mini-Chief Owen Lawrie presented our local Special Olympic athletes with a cheque from the proceeds of the game.
Prior to the start of the game 71-year-old former Olympic bronze medalist Don Jackson showed he’s still got it, by wowing the crowd with his skating skills.
The game was closely refereed by Det. Jim Houston of Ontario Minor Hockey and Ron Hogarth of the Legends. The spectacular event was full of humour, excitement and exceptional hockey play from both teams.
Thanks to Csts. Darryl Rice and Brent Gaylor for their work with the NHL Oldtimers’ in order to bring the game to our region and to our team of dedicated volunteers who managed to raise an additional $3,000 from program and T-shirt sales.
hockey thumb (JPG file, 38.5K bytes)
Our Special Olympic Athletes receive their cheque (JPG file, 457.8K bytes)
McGill University student Anna MacDonald sings the national anthem (JPG file, 425.3K bytes)
Eric Lindros takes the ice (JPG file, 462.8K bytes)
Cst. Gaylor and NHL Oldtimer Eric Lindros at the ceremonial puck drop (JPG file, 390.3K bytes)
The DRP player's bench (JPG file, 362.5K bytes)
Both teams after a tough game (JPG file, 419.0K bytes)
Our volunteer team (JPG file, 371.0K bytes)