|Some of the celebrities participating in the event (from left to right): actor Lochlyn Munro, General Hospital's Jason Thompson, actor Cameron Bancroft and actor Romany Malco.
Oilers players, coaches and management will be sharing the spotlight on Saturday, September 5th, but rather than facing NHL stars on the ice, they have invited several celebrity friends to the diamond at TELUS Field for the Oilers & Friends Softball Classic.
Actors, musicians, Olympic gold medalists, politicians, and media celebrities will join 20 Oilers players and coaches in the fun-filled charity sporting event at TELUS Field. Festivities start at 1:00pm.
On the White Team, Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau will lean on veteran slugger Jason Strudwick, Edmonton Capitals Celebrity Hitting Challenge winner Steve MacIntyre, and sleeper softball star Denis Grebeshkov to carry his club to victory.
The White Team boasts Olympic gold medal figure skating star David Pelletier, CBC broadcaster and Oilers Alumni Craig Simpson, comedian and radio personality Jim Jerome, Olympic gold medal cyclist Lori-Ann Muenzer, Paralympic gold medal winning sprinter Earle Connor, General Hospital heartthrob Jason Thompson and actor Romany Malco.
With Pat Quinn managing the White Team’s dugout, Kevin Lowe coaching first base, and Kelly Buchberger covering third, expectations will be high for the Captain’s club.
In the opposite dugout, Oilers veteran Assistant Captain Steve Staios will command a softball squad of equal stature. Avid baseball fan and home-run hero Tom Gilbert will don the 77 jersey, along with fan-favourite Sam Gagner
, feisty Czech Ladislav Smid
, and the popular – yet powerful – Zack Stortini. Fernando Pisani rounds out a roster stacked with veteran leadership and softball skills.
Also on the Blue Team are Oilers Sportsnet broadcaster and former Oiler player Louie DeBrusk, Canadian country music star Gord Bamford, figure skating idol Jamie Sale and Canadian actors Lochlyn Munro and Cameron Bancroft.
In the Blue Team dugout Tom Renney will manage with General Manager Steve Tambellini coaching at first, and Wayne Fleming handling the signals at third.
“I am small, but I pack a mighty swing and it’s nothing but sharp singles through the infield then speed on the base paths for me on Saturday,” said figure skating star Jamie Sale. “I’m looking forward to the game and having great time.”
TELUS Field doors open for Saturday’s Oilers & Friends Softball Classic at 11:30am. Batting practice, a home run derby, an Oilers coaches Hot Stove and the national anthem courtesy of country music sensation Bret Kessel precede the ceremonial first pitch by Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel.
Oilers fans are encouraged to wear their jerseys for a chance to win a number of great game day prizes including a spot in the post game on-field team picture.
Tickets are just twenty dollars and five dollars of the ticket price will be donated to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to be distributed to charitable organizations across northern Alberta. To purchase tickets for the Oilers & Friends Softball Classic, click here.