In addition to being a reunion for old teammates, friends and fans, the Kelowna Rockets Annual Alumni weekend is also renowned for its fund raising efforts for the Kelowna General Hospital.
The 2013 edition of the event, which includes a golf tournament and a hockey game raised more than $35,000 for KGH’s orthopedic ward, boosting the 12-year total to more than $350,000. The totals don’t include the proceeds from Sunday night’s silent auction.
“We were thrilled with our alumni weekend again this year, and proud to be able to donate to Kelowna General Hospital,” said Rockets Director or Marketing, Anne-Marie Hamilton.
The weekend’s fundraising efforts received a boost from former Rocket, Vern Fiddler, who played in Kelowna from 1997 to 2001. The veteran of 580 NHL games donated $5,000 on behalf of his charity, the Fiddler Fights Cancer Foundation.
On Sunday, past Rockets like Luke Schenn, Jason Deleurme, Josh Gorges, Tyler Myers, Blake Comeau, and Jamie Benn were joined by some current Rockets players on Sunday night as the annual Kelowna Rockets Alumni Weekend came to a close.
The fans were treated to some sensational passing plays and incredible displays of skill on the way to a 14-9 final.
Benn, who plays for the Dallas Stars, opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the first period. That theme would continue throughout the game, as the alumni took this opportunity to enjoy themselves and entertain the crowd. Deleurme, who, at 36, was the oldest player on the ice, turned back the clock with a hat trick of his own.
The Rockets begin their preseason exhibition schedule on Aug. 30.