– DAY ONE
DAY ONE, Prince Albert to Saskatoon
Prince Albert, Sask.
The WHL Ride for the Kids presented by Scotiabank, will feature former WHL and NHL players participating in a 655 kilometre bike relay across the province of Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funding for the new Children's Hospital in Saskatchewan.
The event will officially begin Sunday with a banquet that will feature Raider alumni Peter Anholt as the Master of Ceremonies and include NHL Alumni Kelly Chase. Chase came up with the idea while on CBC's Battle of the Blades television program during the winter and has sought the assistance of fellow WHL Alumni Dave Chartier and Curtis Leschyshyn to put it together.
There will be a live and silent auction Sunday night with proceeds to the Children's Hospital Foundation. The Broda Family of Prince Albert has pledged to match every dollar raised through the auctions at the event for the Children's Hospital!
Raider alumni scheduled to attend the Sunday kick off include David Manson, Ryan McDonald, Garrett Zemlak and Dustin Cameron. Other WHL/NHL Alumni expected to be in attendance are: former Prince Albert Minto and current Calgary Flame Robin Regehr, former Moose Jaw Warrior and long time Montreal Canadien Mike Keane, Kootenay Ice Alumni Riley Armstrong, former Lethbridge Hurricane and member of the Washington Capitals DJ King, Florida Panther Darcy Hordichuk, former Calgary Hitman and Minnesota Wild prospect Joel Broda, and Toronto Maple Leaf Colby Armstrong.
To send the bikers off in style on Monday, Scotiabank is hosting a pancake breakfast, on June 6, from 8-9:30 a.m.
“It’s a great opportunity for a meet and greet with WHL and NHL alumni,” said Prince Albert’s Scotiabank manager of personal banking Travis Clarke. “We are so pleased to be the lead sponsor and happy to start the event.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community.” Clarke emphasized Scotiabank will match all funds raised over the course of the five-day WHL Ride for Kids.
Scotiabank provides about $44 million annually to community causes worldwide, Clarke added.
Dave Manson will pedal at his own pace, participating in the first leg to Saskatoon. He looks forward to “working off a couple of pounds” after piling pancakes high at Scotiabank’s opening breakfast.
On Monday morning, 15 riders will leave Scotiabank at Cornerstone to begin the WHL Ride for the Kids at 9:00 AM.
Excitement has been building for the largest fundraising event in the history of the Western Hockey League and our five WHL Saskatchewan based franchises.
Over 35 WHL and NHL Alumni will participate in the first ever WHL Ride For The Kids June 5 to 9 as they trade in their skates for bikes and ride across the province in support of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
The province-wide event will feature WHL Alumni riding over 650 km across the province with stops in all 5 WHL centers - Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Regina. Each of the 5 WHL centers will stage a special fundraising event with all proceeds going to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
Monday, June 6 - Prince Albert to Saskatoon
Riders depart Prince Albert from Scotiabank
5 hour ride time plus breaks
Arrive Scotiabank – Welcome celebration – speakers/autographs
Lawson Heights Mall - 134 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon
Riders: Kelly Chase, Curtis Leschyshyn, Dave Chartier, Mike Keane, Colby Armstrong, Riley Armstrong, Kevin Kaminsky, Darcy Hordichuk, Rhett Warrener, Clarke Wilm, DJ King, Dane Byers, David Manson, Ryan MacDonald, Ron Robison (WHL Commissioner)
Former Saskatoon Blade Curtis Leschyshyn (third from right) leads the WHL Ride for the Kids first leg from Prince Albert to Saskatoon Monday.
(Photo by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix)
So You Want To Be A Rock Star (70’s – 80’s theme) in support of the WHL Ride for the Kids
Field’s Building - 20th & Idylwyld Drive, Saskatoon
Tickets - $50.00 / person
Tickets can be purchased at the Saskatoon Blades Office or Bridge City Auto
For further information on the event visit - whl.ca/whlrideforthekids.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Story - WHL alumni tackle Tour de Sask
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