The Montreal Canadiens Alumni played in Kelowna Feb. 17, 2018. Image: Douglas Farrow

Habs alumni raise big money for Kelowna hospice

Central Okanagan Hospice Association was the big winner after alumni hockey game

By Matthew Abrey

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team may have beat the COHA Kights 13-6, but the real winner in Saturday afternoon’s charity hockey game at Memorial Arena in Kelowna, was the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

Natasha Girard, executive director of the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, estimates that the star-studded game will have raised over $50,000 when all is said and done.

“We had an opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event and we thought about it, and we decided it would be a really great community event. Nothing like this has happened in Kelowna,” Girard said. “It’s extremely overwhelming to have the support for something like this. We really touch the lives of all ages, and this really is a community event for all ages.”

The COHA Knights, made up mostly of ex-NHL players, along with a handful of lucky Kelowna residents, opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest. The teams would trade goals until the third period, when the boys in the ‘bleu, blanc et rouge’ really put on a show for the 1,050 spectators in attendance, exploding for six goals en route to the 13-6 victory.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Canadiens alumni player and former enforcer John Scott, who was suddenly thrust into the NHL spotlight in 2016 when he was unexpectedly voted captain of the Pacific Division All-Star Team.

“It was pretty cool and it was for a great cause, so it made it fun.”

Following the game, the Canadiens Alumni squad was off to Nanaimo for the last stop on their B.C. tour.

“We’re spending five days in B.C.,” said Alexandre Verreault, coordinator of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Division. “We started in Kamloops, then went to Chilliwack, Trail, now Kelowna, and we finish in Nanaimo. Although we don’t always choose a specific cause for every game, when we were looking at coming to Kelowna, COHA was a great cause, and it gives us great pleasure to support these causes by putting on an event like this and raising money.”

If you missed the game, but still want to donate to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, visit, or call 250-763-5511.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


The Montreal Canadiens Alumni played in Kelowna Feb. 17, 2018. Image: Douglas Farrow

Just Posted

Okanagan Lake levels stay steady but snowpack is growing: officials

Whether or not the tributaries and creeks flood depends on how suddenly the snowpack begins to melt,

Kelowna council approves rental housing project

Plan for former packinghouse site calls for 148 rental units

Kelowna crew knocks down attic fire in Rutland

No one home at the time as Kelowna Fire Department extinguishes small blaze on Cactus Road

Okanagan realtors add voices to anti-speculation tax coalition

This speculation tax is likely to harm the very people the government is trying to protect

Bolt cutters and bear spray used in Kelowna break-in

“Both suspects were taken into police custody…”

Sunshine and above-average temperatures all week

We can expect to enjoy this warm sunshine all week long

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Penticton robbery trial starts days before accused’s murder trial

Narcotics, cash stolen from pharmacy; accused scheduled for murder trial next week in Abbotsford

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

Toronto songstress shares indie vibes with Okanagan

Emma Cook will rock Penticton’s The Elite April 28 before she hits Vernon’s Record City April 29

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Student produces gun at Princeton Secondary School

Starter pistol confiscated, RCMP are investigating

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Most Read