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Maple Leafs announce third annual Legends Game

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The style of play was old fashioned at Air Canada Centre on Monday afternoon but the participants were a mix of the past, present and future of hockey.

No, it wasn't the Leafs team practice, but rather a game of shinny that involved current Leafs Darcy Tucker and Travis Green, Leafs alumni Darryl Sittler, Rick Vaive, Stew Gavin and Jim McKenny, and four players from the team's youth hockey development program.

Current, past and, perhaps, future Leafs took to the ice for an old-fashioned game of shinny. (Back, L-R: Travis Green, Stew Gavin, Big Inflatable Guy, Darryl Sittler, Rick Vaive; Front, L-R: Darcy Tucker, Carlton the Bear, four youth from the Leafs hockey development program)

The seemingly mismatched group took to the ice as part of the announcement for the 3rd Annual Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game, presented by Esso. The game takes place Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m. at Air Canada Centre in a face-off between NHL Legends and Maple Leafs Alumni. Tickets, priced at $16 for the Lower Bowl and $24 for the Upper Bowl, are now available online through Ticketmaster or by phone at (416) 872-5000.

"The underlying theme of today's event is the notion of hockey as a tradition that's passed from generation to generation, and the Legends Game is a great example of that," said Gavin, president of the Maple Leafs Alumni Association. "The Legends Game gives fans who saw greats like Wendel Clark and Darryl Sittler in NHL action, a chance to see them again and to share those great hockey memories with their children. Further, the kids playing shinny today may one day become Leafs and legends themselves."

Confirmed players for the November 3 game include Clark, Borje Salming, Ron Ellis, Norm Ullman, Wilf Paiement, Bill Derlago and Mike Pelyk. Bob Baun, Johnny Bower and Ted "Teeder" Kennedy will be honourary coaches of the Leafs Legends team, while Pierre Pilote and Andy Bathgate will coach the NHL Legends which includes 2002 Hall of Fame Player Inductees Bernie Federko, Rod Langway and Clark Gillies along with Pat Flatley, Dale Hawerchuck, Bob Lorimer, Mark Napier, Dick Redmond and Richard Sevigny. More names will be released as they are confirmed.

"As an added bonus to the Hall of Fame Legends Game, fans will get to experience even more hockey tradition with access to the Hall," said Ellis, now the Director, Public Affairs for the Hockey Hall of Fame. "With the purchase of each ticket to the Legends Game, we're offering one free admission into the Hockey Hall of Fame until December 31, 2002."

Esso has a long-standing tradition of supporting hockey and has partnership agreements with the Canadian Hockey Association, National Hockey League, NHL Players' Association, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. Esso is a founding partner of NHL Alumni and the Hockey Hall of Fame and is also a founding partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Development Program. Two key grassroots programs founded by Esso are the Medals of Achievement and Sweaters program.

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