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Hockey Night in Barrie lineup coming into focus

Charity hockey game will be played Aug. 9 at Barrie Molson Centre
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Hockey Night in Barrie (HNIB) today announced that former NHLers Mike Gartner, Greg Johnston, Ric Jackman, Daniel Tkaczuk, Darren Archibald, Travis Dermott, Brandon Mashinter will be lacing up for this year’s game on August 9th at the Barrie Molson Centre.

In addition to NHLers, this year’s Hockey Night will be joined by two-time Olympic medalist, Laura Fortino.

Their participation will aid in raising funds for Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, Easter Seals of Ontario and Barrie Colts Community Fund.

“We are thrilled to be joined by such a great group of players,” said HNIB Chair Alex Nuttall. “without their support, this event would not be possible.”

Meet the Stars

Mike Gartner was drafted 4th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft to the Washington Capitals. Over his 19 year professional career, Gartner stands as one of seven players to reach 700 goals, held a 20 year record for fastest skater, and is the only player to ever have 17, 30-goal seasons. After being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001, he went on to own National Training Rinks (NTR), alongside former teammate, Wes Jarvis.

Greg Johnson is a former NHLer who was drafter to the Boston Bruins in 1983. He played for the gold medal winning Canadian team at the 1985 World Junior Championship. During his career, Greg played for the Moncton Golden Flames, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ric Jackman is a former NHLer who was drafted 5th overall in 1996. Over an eight year career, Jackman played for the Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Anaheim Ducks. He won a gold medal with the Canadian World Juniors in 1997 and a Stanley Cup with the Ducks.

Daniel Tkaczuk is a former NHLer who was drafted 6th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1997. Tkaczuk played for four years with the Barrie Colts and won a silver for Canada at the 1999 World Junior Championships. He is now an Assistant Coach for the St. Louis Blues and we are pleased to welcome him back to the BMC.

Darren Archibald is a currently a left winger for the Vancouver Canucks. Before joining the Canucks, Darren played for the Niagara IceDogs, the Barrie Colts and the Utica Comets of the AHL. In his 2018 NHL, Darren racked up 80 hits.

Brandon Mashinter is a current NHLer with the San Jose Sharks. He started his NHL career with San Jose before being traded to the Rangers and eventually to the Chicago Blackhawks, where he skated in two games of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Brandon returned to San Jose in 2017. Just recently, Brandon opened a Copper Branch franchise in Barrie.

Connor Crisp was born in Alliston, Ontario but started his OHL career with the Erie Otters. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013, and made his pro debut with their AHL Affiliate in March of that year. He has since played for the St. John’s IceCaps, the Brampton Beast and the Toledo Walleye.

Andrew Mangiapane started his OHL career with the Barrie Colts. He was named to the 2013-2014 OHL First All-Rookie Team in his first year. In his 2014-15 season, he cracked 100 points, scoring 43 goals and 104 points in 68 games. Andrew was signed by the Calgary Flames in 2016, and made his NHL debut in December 2017.

Laura Fortino is recognized as one of Canada’s top hockey players. By 2018, the Canadian Defenceman has collected Olympic gold and silver, as well as four World Championship silvers and a gold. In 2015-16, Laura was named the CWHL Defenceman of the Year and was a finalist for the MVP award.

Travis Dermott is a second round draft pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played his first NHL game in January 2018, and scored his first NHL goal later that month. Travis made his playoff debut against the Boston Bruins, and scored in Game 7. Before his NHL career, Travis played for the Erie Otters and the Toronto Marlies.

We invite you to join us on August 9th at the Barrie Molson Centre, with proceeds benefitting the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), the Barrie Colts Foundation, Easter Seals, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to buy your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketpro (