Local celebration for Hamilton's newest Hall of Famer, Dave Andreychuk
Hamilton pays tribute to long-time NHL star Dave Andreychuk with alumni hockey game
NHL old-timers will play a benefit charity game in Hamilton to help celebrate local NHL great Dave Andreychuk's 2017 induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Hamilton-born left-winger, known for being NHL's all-time power-play goal leader, was inducted in November.
Andreychuk's local celebration will take place Jan. 13.
The game is fittingly being held at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 6 p.m.
Along with Andreychuk, the game will also feature legends like Al Iafrate, Tiger Williams and other NHLers. Walter Gretzky is also scheduled to lace up.
They'll be playing in support of Help A Child Smile, a charity aiming to provide opportunities to children with cancer at McMaster Hospital.
"The Scotiabank NHL Alumni Benefit Tour gives fans a unique experience and an evening to remember that showcases top shelf hockey skills, on-ice pranks and old fashioned hockey nostalgia," said a release about the event.
Making the Hall of Fame
Andreychuk retired in 2006 after a 23-year NHL career, and his 640 goals make him the 14th-highest scoring player of all time. Of the 17 retired players to hit the 600-goal mark, he was the only one not in the Hall other than co-inductee Teemu Selanne despite being eligible for induction since 2009. Selanne only became eligible this year.
The 54-year-old Andreychuk was drafted in 1982 by Buffalo and made stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay.
Andreychuk went 22 seasons in the league before ultimately lifting the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay.
Andreychuk is still the all-time leader for career power-play goals, with 274. Most of them came from the front of the net with his six-foot-four, 220-pound body paying the price.
With files from Canadian Press