SLEMON PARK – Organizers for the Slemon Park Plex’s third annual Ultimate Hockey Fan Dinner, Draw and Auction have announced that Boston Bruin legend Terry O’Reilly will be this year’s special guest.
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Warren Ellis, left, owner of Summerside Chrysler Dodge, is shown purchasing a corporate table from Slemon Park Plex manager Scott Bridges for the Ultimate Hockey Fan Dinner, Draw and Auction in the Lancaster Room at Slemon Park on Saturday, Feb. 15. Boston Bruin legend Terry O’Reilly is the special guest
The event will take place in the Lancaster Room at Slemon Park on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The event includes draws for six trips for two to attend NHL games in Montreal and Toronto.
The prizes include airfare, hotel and tickets to the game.
“We would like to thank Gerard Gallant, assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens, and Dion Phaneuf, captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for helping us secure tickets to these great games and their continued support of The Plex,” said Jeff Leard, president of Slemon Park Plex Inc., the not-for-profit group operating the arena at Slemon Park.
“This is the third year for this event, and the support has been great. The first year we had Glenn Anderson join us, and last year was Jay Onrait.
“Everyone has had a great time at these events, and I am sure this year will be no different with Bruins’ legend Terry O’Reilly joining us.”
Leard went on to recognize the assistance provided by Adam Binkley of the Summerside Boys and Girls Club in helping secure O’Reilly for the event.
O'Reilly was picked by the Bruins in the first round, 14th overall, in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. O'Reilly spent his entire career in Boston, serving as the captain of the Bruins during the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons before his retirement.
The Bruins retired his No. 24 on Oct. 24, 2002.
O'Reilly was known for being a tough player, accumulating over 200 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons, and earning for himself the nickname "Bloody O'Reilly" in the press.
On top of his physical presence, he also had a decent scoring touch, highlighted by his 29-goal, 90-point season in 1977–78. He added to that with a 77-point effort the following campaign. He had 211 and 205 minutes in penalties in those seasons, respectively, displaying an excellent balance of grit and scoring.
He finished his 13-year career with 204 goals, 402 assists for 606 points, a plus-212 plus/minus (a tribute to his good defensive skills) and 2,095 minutes in penalties.
He became the replacement head coach of the Bruins during the 1986–87 NHL season, and kept his job until 1989. In that time, he took the Bruins to the Stanley Cup final in 1988, where they were defeated by the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. O'Reilly also was an assistant coach for the Rangers for the two seasons prior to the lockout.
In addition to the dinner and draw, there will also be an auction of many autographed jerseys, including Phaneuf and Phil Kessel of Toronto; P.K. Subban, Brendan Gallagher, and Alex Galchenyuk of Montreal; Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson of Ottawa, and Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry of Anaheim just to name a few.
Tickets for the event are going very well. Tickets are $200 and only a maximum of 200 will be sold for the draw for the six NHL trips. Other former NHLers that will be in attendance will be announced soon.
Anyone looking for a ticket or business that would like to purchase a corporate table, which includes eight tickets, can contact Scott at 439-9488.
The six NHL trips that will be drawn for Feb. 15:
Saturday, March 8 - Philadelphia at Toronto.
Wednesday, March 12 – Boston at Montreal.
Saturday, March 15 – Ottawa at Montreal.
Saturday, March 22 – Montreal at Toronto.
Thursday, April 3 – Boston at Toronto.
Saturday, April 12 – New York Rangers at Montreal.