Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic

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(ISN) – TORONTO, Ont. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the MLSE Foundation, announced Tuesday that Toronto will play host to the 12th annual Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic on June 10-11, 2015.

The foundation’s annual gala and golf tournament will celebrate hockey heritage and the on-ice accomplishments of Hockey Canada’s national teams that win gold medals at IIHF and IPC world championships during the 2014-15 season, and will feature the induction of three Distinguished Honourees to the Order of Hockey in Canada.

The gala will include the championship ring presentation to members of Canada’s National Junior Team, which won Canada’s 16th gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

The 2015 gala, which includes unique silent and live auctions, will be held Wednesday, June 10 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, the former Maple Leaf Gardens in downtown Toronto. The Country Club in Woodbridge, Ont., will play host to the celebrity golf tournament on Thursday, June 11.

“We are excited to take the Hockey Canada Foundation gala and golf tournament back to Toronto, and are fortunate to host the event at such an iconic facility,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “The Celebrity Classic gives us an opportunity to celebrate the success we’ve had internationally, but, more importantly, allows us to raise funds to ensure our game remains strong across the country.”

“The Hockey Canada Foundation has always found great success hosting its flagship event in Toronto, and we are extremely proud of what we have been able to give back to the hockey community,” said Chris Bright, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation. “We are excited to work once again with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the MLSE Foundation, and we look forward to celebrating Canadian hockey in one of the game’s most hallowed buildings.”

Hockey Canada and the Hockey Canada Foundation also announced that Jim Treliving, chairman of the Hockey Canada Foundation, and Brian Cooper, a special advisor to the Hockey Canada Foundation board, will serve as co-chairs of the event host committee.

Funds raised from the 2015 gala and celebrity golf tournament will go to Hockey Canada Foundation initiatives that support accessibility to the game, from grassroots hockey to national teams, as well as to legacy programming in the Toronto area with support from the MLSE Foundation.

The Hockey Canada Foundation works closely with Hockey Canada to raise money to support minor hockey programs. The foundation focuses on three areas of funding: accessibility, diversity, health and wellness; skill development; and hockey heritage.

Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver have played host to the Celebrity Classic, which has raised more than $5 million in its first 11 years.