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Alumni to play in celebrity game at Centene Ice Center grand opening

New facility in Maryland Heights opens Saturday, Sept. 7; event is free and open to the public

by Elise Butler / St. Louis Blues

Maryland Heights is the place to be Saturday as the hockey community celebrates the grand opening of the Centene Community Ice Center!

A full day of family-friendly activities is on the schedule following the morning's ribbon cutting ceremony, including a Celebrity/St. Louis Youth Hockey Coaches game featuring Blues alumni such as Barret Jackman, Cam Janssen and Rick Zombo.

The event is free and open to the public.

Other celebrities scheduled to lace up for the game include Blues executives Tom Stillman and Chris Zimmerman, broadcaster Joey Vitale, and USA Women's Hockey Olympic medalists Shelley Looney and Nicole Hensley.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. and continue all day, rain or shine. There will be free family outdoor activities until 3 p.m. and the first 3,000 people in attendance receive a scratch-off ticket for a chance to win prizes.

The new state-of-the-art Centene Community Ice Center will serve as practice home to the Blues and home to the Lindenwood University Hockey Program, St. Louis AAA Blues Hockey, St. Louis Lady Cyclones, and St. Louis Blues Alumni Association.


Grand Opening Schedule

10:45-11:45 a.m. - Ribbon cutting ceremony

Noon-11 p.m. - Public skates (pre-registration required; sign up here)

3:30 p.m. - Blues Sled Hockey game

4:10 p.m. - Blues Blind Hockey game

5:20 p.m. - Blues Special Hockey

5:45 p.m. - Celebrity/Coach game

7:15 p.m. - Police/Fire game

8:45 p.m. - Lindenwood game


Celebrity Game Roster*

Nicole Hensley, USA Hockey Women's Olympic Medalist & Lindenwood Women's Hockey Alumni

Barret Jackman, St. Louis Blues Alumni

Cam Janssen, St. Louis Blues Alumni

Shelley Looney, USA Hockey Women's 2x Olympic Medalist & Lindenwood Women's Hockey Head Coach

Jeff LoVecchio, NHL Alumni

Patrick Quinn, Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman

Kerry Robinson, St. Louis Cardinals Alumni

Tom Stillman, St. Louis Blues Owner and Chairman

Andy Strickland, FOX Sports Midwest

Joey Vitale, St. Louis Blues radio broadcaster & NHL Alumni

Chris Zimmerman, St. Louis Blues President and CEO

Rick Zombo, St. Louis Blues Alumni & Lindenwood Men's Hockey Head Coach

*subject to change

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