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 Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

The Legendary Hockey Heroes Oldtimers Hockey Challenge rolled into town on Tuesday night to take on the Greater Victoria Firefighters’ team. The score, 14-4 last time I checked was unimportant as the goal was to entertain the 3500 fans and raise funds for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

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Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson was joined by a host of other former NHL stars to take on the Greater Victoria Firefighters’ team at the Oldtimers Hockey Challenge on Tuesday night. Partial proceeds from the event were donated to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

This is the 23rd year of the Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge which travels coast to coast in Canada playing games against local police or firefighter teams to raise funds for local charities with $8.5 million dollars being raised to date.

This year’s team was made up of Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson and Bryan Trottier along with Trevor Kidd, Thereon Fleury, Greg Adams, Cliff Ronning, Laurie Boschman, Gary Leeman, Ron Duguay, Dave Ellet and Dave Babych with Ron Hoggarth officiating.

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Glenn Anderson winds up for a slap shot from the slot against Greater Victoria Firefighters’ goaltender Steve Amiss. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The affair is light hearted with the Hockey Heroes pulling all kinds of antics such as the pie in the face to Firefighters’ ringer Paul Haysom and Cliff Ronning and his rocket skates.

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The NHL Oldtimers were more then happy to pull of the old ‘Pie in the Face’ gag on CHEK sports reporter Paul Haysom. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

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Former Vancouver Canuck Cliff Ronning lit up the night with his Rocket skates along with some nifty stickhandling. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

The fans were treated to some figure skating performances by the Racquet Club of Victoria during the intermissions and when the score got out of hand they brought in the Call 2 Recycle mini tykes.

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Mike Keane along with a host of former NHL players were on hand at Save On Foods Memorial Center Tuesday night for the Oldtimers Hockey Challenge to raise funds for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Fans were also treated to a rousing version of Johnny Cash’s – I Walk The Line performed by Theoren Fluery and accompanied on guitar by Bryan Trottier.

Fluery, who has a country music album coming out along with a second book to follow up on his successful autobiography ‘Playing with Fire’ has been very busy of late with various charities and advocacy work speaking to victims and survivors and helping them along the way.

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Theoren Fluery drew the loudest cheer from the 3500 fans in attendance at the ‘Oldtimers Hockey Challenge’ on Tuesday night. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

 “I’ve been very fortunate in my life to be in some great situations and now it’s all about giving back and helping people get to where they need to go. I believe that if you work hard and give back you will have the most amazing life imaginable” remarked an upbeat Fluery after the game.

The days earlier news of the light sentencing handed down to Graham James, the man convicted of abusing Fluery along with his cousin Todd Holt was not discussed but you could tell that Fluery has moved past the hatred and anger, battled his inner demons and is in a good place in his life and it looks good on him.

To view more images from this game please visit my ISN Gallery.

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