Barrie moves to recoup HNIB 5 costs

MP Patrick Brown’s Hockey Night in Barrie can take $4,362 off the top of earnings for the fifth annual game due to city council voting to recoup some of the costs associated with providing the Barrie Molson Centre.
Ward 3 Coun. Doug Shipley introduced an amendment to a motion in general committee to charge the event $2,000 for staffing, about $1,300 for tidying up after the event, $50 in Socan costs, and $1,012 for four hours of ice time.
Hockey Night in Barrie raises funds for the Royal Victoria Hospital Regional Health Centre, specifically for its new cancer care facility. The last four events have earned almost $620,000, and this year’s game is reported to have already raised $200,000.
The original motion suggested waiving all fees, as has been the practice in previous years. While the City is recouping some costs, it is still subsidizing the event. Staff estimated that providing the centre free of charge would have cost taxpayers $10,670.
Staff is also preparing a report recommending discount rates for charity events held at the centre, but not at other City facilities.
A number of former and current NHL stars have signed on the play at HNIB 5. Click here for more on that. Hockey notables scheduled to attend include Doug Gilmour, Shayne Corson, Darcy Tucker, Mike Gartner, Barrie Colts’ coach Dale Hawerchuk, former Colt and current Winnipeg Jet Bryan Little, and 2011 Colt Mark Sheifele, selected in the first round by the Jets.
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean are also expected to be in attendance.
Click here for the full roster.

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