NHL All-Stars step up to the plate in support of mental health care
KELOWNA, BC, June 16, 2023 – Things are heating up for the Gorges-Comeau HOMEBASE Charity Slo-Pitch event, presented by Raymond James. With one week before the big showdown, the KGH Foundation is announcing a star-studded NHL player roster for the Friday NHL All-Star match, set for 6:30 p.m. on June 23 at Elks Stadium.
Former Kelowna Rockets and NHL players, Josh Gorges (retired) and Blake Comeau (Dallas Stars), for which the tournament is named, have stacked their teams with some heavy hitters from the NHL community to join the fun. All proceeds from the game are dedicated to supporting the KGH Foundation’s ‘Closer to Home than you think’ campaign, specifically, its commitment to providing immediate and systemic support for local mental health care services and programs.
Tickets are still available for this hilarious, much-beloved community event that features an impressive roster of current and retired NHL players who will swap their sticks for bats in support of health care in a community that holds a special place in many of their hearts.
Team Gorges took the title in 2018, 2019 and 2022 (after a two-year hiatus) which means that Team Comeau is keen to pick up their first HOMEBASE title win!
Friday night’s All-Star Match is always entertaining and features a pre-game Player’s Choice autograph session with the NHL players, including Montréal Canadiens Joel Edmundson, Vancouver Canucks Tyler Myers and Luke Schenn, and Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith.
The kids can burn up some energy in the Kids Zone complete with a fire truck bouncy castle, carnival games and more. Opening ceremonies will feature the August Luxury Motorcars ‘SUPERCAR’ showcase, with plenty of time to enjoy the Tommy Guns beverage garden. Plus, OKGN Lifestyle will be on-site selling their Homebase Capsule Collection, with proceeds going to HOMEBASE and the KGH Foundation.
The entire community is welcome to participate in the Cardinal Sport Online Auction and 50/50 draw which is already over $2,000 and the online auction which features some incredible memorabilia and experiences!
The KGH Foundation would also like to gratefully acknowledge the support of HOMEBASE Volunteer sponsor Touchstone Law, NHL Team Lounge sponsor August Mazda and the generosity of our media sponsors at Stingray Media (Country 100.7, K96.3), Kelowna Capital News and Kelowna Now.
You don’t want to miss out! Get your tickets to one of the best community FUNdraisers Kelowna has to offer. Visit kghfoundation.com/homebase today!
Team rosters for 2023
Team Gorges (Black)
Retired NHL defenseman for Montréal
Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres. Won Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets in 2004.
Goalie for Montréal Canadiens. Won Olympic Gold with Team Canada in 2014.
Retired NHL winger for the Vancouver Canucks and the Washington Capitals
Retired NHL defenseman for Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers.
LAC LA BICHE, AB
Retired NHL right winger for Montréal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks.
Retired NHL right winger for Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks.
Retired NHL centre for Vancouver Canucks, Manitoba Moose and ERC Ingolstadt.
Retired NHL defenseman for Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres.
Defenseman for Montréal Canadiens.
Retired EIHL Forward with Fife Flyers
Co-Founder, Kitsch Wines & former Captain of Team Canada’s Baseball Team
Team Comeau (White)
MEADOW LAKE, SK
Left winger for Dallas Stars. Won Memorial Cup with Kelowna Rockets in 2004.
Defenceman for the New Jersey Devils and former Kelowna Rocket.
Former NHL defenceman for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild.
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
Retired NHL defenceman for Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes.
Former Kelowna Rocket and defenceman for the Chicago Blackhawks, winning three Stanley Cups with the team.
Goalie for Edmonton Oilers.
Defenseman for Vancouver Canucks and former Kelowna Rocket.
Defenceman for the Arizona Coyotes. Won Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets in 2004. Two-time Olympic Gold medallist with Team Canada.
|LUKE L. SCHENN|
Defenseman for Vancouver Canucks and former Kelowna Rocket
About the KGH Foundation
Since 1978, the KGH Foundation has worked with a generous community to raise funds to support world-class healthcare close to home for a rapidly expanding and diverse population in the interior of B.C. Today, the KGH Foundation is the lead fundraising organization for Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities, JoeAnna’s House and Central Okanagan Hospice House.
About Raymond James
Raymond James is a leading North American independent full-service investment dealer offering an extensive range of professional investment services and products, including private client services, financial and estate planning services, portfolio management, insurance, equity research, investment banking, and institutional sales and trading. Through its network of approximately 8,500 financial advisors across Canada, the United States and key international centres, Raymond James manages more than US$71.26 trillion in client assets under administration. For more information about Raymond James, please visit www.raymondjames.ca.