This past weekend’s Scotiabank Pro Am hockey tournament at WinSport Canada’s Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary was a huge success, with $1.5 million raised in support of the Gordie and Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s. The Calgary event was the most successful tournament to date.
Participating teams raised a minimum of $25,000 to take part in the tournament, which ran throughout the weekend.
CityTV’s Breakfast Television was at the AIC on Friday morning to promote the tournament, with former Flames Jamie Macoun and Theo Fleury joined by former NHL tough guy Marty McSorley doing live segments on Arena A.
In case you missed it, Canada’s national women’s hockey team regained the world title, with a 5-4 overtime victory Saturday in Burlington, Vt.
Alternate captain Caroline Ouellette scored less than two minutes into overtime as Canada won gold for the 10th time at the IIHF world women’s championship. It was Canada’s first title since 2007 in Winnipeg, snapping a three-year American reign.
The team includes defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson, who is a member of the Alberta team in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League that makes its home at WinSport’s Joan Snyder rink.
Some familiar faces can be seen Monday morning around the Athletic and Ice Complex, with Hockey Canada making Brent Sutter available to the media. Sutter, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the Calgary Flames, will coach Canada’s men’s team later this month at the world championship in Sweden and Finland. Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, who is the GM for Canada’s worlds team, will also be at the AIC.
Calgary lawyer Colin MacDonald was named Monday as the new chairman of the board for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. MacDonald has been a member of the Hall’s board since April 2011. He helped to oversee the completion of the Hall’s building here at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
MacDonald is also a former board member for CODA, which is now WinSport.