On June 18, the Hockey Canada Foundation will bring the 15th annual Gala & Golf event to London, Ontario for the first time. This year’s gala dinner will celebrate Canada’s rich hockey history, celebrating the 2018 Order of Hockey in Canada honourees and any 2018 Olympic- and world championship-winning teams. The 2018 gala promises to pay special tribute to our Canadian traditions, our international hockey successes, and our Order of Hockey in Canada honourees.
There are few in the game who can boast a trophy case like that of Corey Perry. The Peterborough, Ont., native is one of just 10 Canadians to earn a place in the exclusive IIHF Triple Gold Club, reserved for players who have won an Olympic gold medal (2010, 2014), an IIHF World Championship gold medal (2016) and the Stanley Cup (2007). A junior star with the London Knights, Perry led the OHL in scoring in 2004-05, the same year he helped the Knights to a Memorial Cup title on home ice and claimed tournament MVP honours. Selected 28th overall by Anaheim in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Perry captured hockey’s Holy Grail in his second season when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, and he added the Hart Trophy to his collection as NHL MVP in 2010-11. He has tallied more than 700 points in close to 900 NHL games, four times earning an invite to the NHL All-Star Game. Internationally, he won gold at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship to join his two Olympic golds and 2016 World Cup title, and has answered the call for his country at three IIHF World Championships (2010, 2012, 2016), captaining the team to the top prize in his most recent appearance.
Entering his fourth season as director of player personnel with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Hunter has been a driving force behind the renaissance of one of the NHL’s flagship franchises, overseeing the drafting of a number of the Leafs’ young stars. Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Hunter spent 14 seasons as general manager of the London Knights after he and his brother Dale bought the team in 2000 (he remains co-owner and vice-president). During his time in London, the Knights claimed the OHL championship in 2005, 2012 and 2013, and were crowned Memorial Cup champions on home ice in 2005. Before taking over control of the Knights, Hunter was a head coach with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) and St. John’s Maple Leafs (AHL) following a 12-year professional career that included 628 NHL games with Montreal, St. Louis, Calgary, Hartford and Washington, and a Stanley Cup championship with the Flames in 1989. He had a brief stint with Hockey Canada during the 2013-14 season, working the Program of Excellence management group before stepping aside to take on his current role in Toronto.
This exceptional, formal gala evening will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with past and present hockey stars while supporting local community and meeting business entertainment needs. Proceeds from the 2018 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala & Golf will support priority initiatives for Hockey Canada, the Hockey Canada Foundation and a local legacy that will remain in London and the province.
To secure your gala package or for further event information, please contact
D’Arcy Hutcheson [email protected]
Click here to download the complete Gala & Golf brochure (including sponsorship opportunities).