Tickets went on sale Friday as the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and the Hockey Hall of Fame announced the second annual Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game, presented by Imperial Oil. The game takes place Sunday, November 11 at 3 p.m. at Air Canada Centre in a face-off between Hockey Hall of Fame Legends and Maple Leafs Alumni.
The announcement was held in the Esso Memories and Dreams room at Air Canada Centre, and to mark the occasion Ron Ellis, representing the Maple Leafs Alumni Team, and Steve Shutt, representing the Legends Team, were presented with their respective team jerseys.
"This is an exciting game where legendary Leafs rivalries will be re-lived on the ice at Air Canada Centre," says Tom Anselmi, senior vice president of business, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. "The Legends game was a big success with fans last year, showcasing of some of hockey's most notable players and this year's game is sure to be just as exciting. It promises to be a memorable event for fans who saw these greats make NHL history and an opportunity to share a piece of that history with their kids."
The Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game is being played as part of the 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which will culminate with the induction of hockey's newest legends, players Mike Gartner, Jari Kurri, Viacheslav Fetisov and Dale Hawerchuk - who will also play in the Legends Game.
Other confirmed players for the game include: Borje Salming, Ron Ellis, Norm Ullman, Darryl Sittler, Paul Henderson, Rick Vaive, Jim McKenny, Mike Pelyk, Walt McKechnie, Rod Seiling, Rene Robert, Richard Martin and Michel Goulet. Johnny Bower will be honourary coach of the Leafs Alumni team. More names will be released as they are confirmed.
"The Legends Game is all part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's efforts to share the traditions of hockey with fans," says Ron Ellis, director of public affairs and assistant to the president, Hockey Hall of Fame. "In fact, as a tie-in to the game, we're offering free admission to the Hockey Hall of Fame with the purchase of every ticket to the Legends game. This will give fans a chance to see their legendary heroes in action and then to experience their stories as displayed in the Hall of Fame."
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 grass roots programs founded by Esso are the Medals of Achievement and Sweaters program.
Sears Canada has also provided sponsorship support for the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game. Sears joins Ford as a gold sponsor for the game while the Toronto Sun and Mojo radio are promotional partners.
Tickets for the 2001 Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game are priced at $25 for the Lower Bowl and $15 for the Upper Bowl of Air Canada Centre. Tickets are available at the Air Canada Centre box office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (416) 870-8000 or online.
For discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more, please call (416) 815-5783.