HNIB V1 nets Perry for roster

The stars will be on ice when the sixth annual Hockey Night in Barrie returns to the Barrie Molson Centre, Thursday, August 15.
The event continues to pull in the big names from the hockey world, including Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. The Peterborough native is the 2010/11 NHL scoring champ, has a ring for winning Lord Stanley’s cup, is a Team Canada gold medalist, and an all-star to boot.
Organizer and event originator MP Patrick Brown says Perry is a stellar addition to a lineup that already includes a constellation of stars.
“Having all-star players like Corey Perry come out and join our event is what really makes Hockey Night in Barrie unique. Six years ago, I would never have believed that it would grow to be such a prominent event, going past the scope of our community. Every year is different, and every year is more exciting,” says Brown.
Hockey Night in Barrie raises funds for the Royal Victoria Health Centre. Goals for the coming game include pushing the total amount raised over $1 million. Last year’s outing netted more than $226,000 for RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre. This year, 50 per cent of the funds raised “will go towards a prospective mental health inpatient unit for children and youth, something that has never been an accessible service in our area ever before.”
In addition to Perry, four other players were named to the lineup:
• Winnipeg Jet Mike Hutchinson is a Barrie native grew up playing for the Junior Colts, and was selected in 2006 by the OHL Barrie Colts. The goalie was signed by the Boston Bruins in 2010.
• Florida Panther Shawn Matthias of Milton represented Canada in the World Junior Championship in 2008, where they won the gold medal. He was drafted from his OHL team, the Belleville Bulls, to the Detroit Red Wings in 2006. The following year, he was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he still plays.
• Edmonton Oiler Ryan Hamilton is another Barrie boy who is making it big in the NHL. Although born in Oshawa, Hamilton played for four years with the Barrie Colts. He debuted his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and recently signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
• Toronto Maple Leaf Mike Zigomanis will also be taking to the ice this year. In 2009, Zigomanis won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Throughout his career, Zigomanis has also been a part of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Phoenix Coyotes.
Other confirmed players include Barrie boys Mike Gartner and Shayne Corson. Dale Hawerchuk, current coach of The Colts, is part of the roster, as is former Maple Leaf and Barrie favourite Darcy Tucker.
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