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Tuesday February 18th, 2014

Posted at 3:00pm

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For the past 12 years the police in Leamington have held the Oldtimer’s Hockey Challenge charity hockey game with proceeds being donated to WE Care for Kids and more recently Cops 4 Charity.

To date they have now donated $260,000.

The coming Saturday, the OPP will be hosting the Legendary Hockey Hero’s in their 13th annual charity game, but this year’s game though will take on special meaning as they are dedicating the game to the employees, retirees and families of H.J Heinz and are hosting “Leamington Stands String Night”.

1,000 tickets have been donated to Heinz employees and their families.

Appearing in Leamington will be the Hanson Brother’s from the classic hockey movie Slap Shot. Also playing will be one of the most popular players in Leaf history Doug Gilmour. The Legendary Hockey Hero’s will be comprised of player’s who suited up for Toronto or Detroit, including Rick Vaive, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Al Iafrate, Pat Ribble, Ric Nattress, Petr Klima, Joe Kocur, John Ogrodnik and Eddie Mio.

Advance tickets are $5 and are available at the Kinsmen Recreation Complex, Leamington Walmart, Scotiabank, Source for Sports, Bowman Sports and the Sports Den. The first 500 kids 14 and under will receive free pizza and licensed driver’s 16 and over will have a chance to win a new car.

Organizers say that over the past couple of months there have been many comments about made about the Heinz closure and they are asking the public to show their support for the many affected employees who will lose their jobs and for the community.

The game takes place at the Heinz Rink at the Kinsmen Recreation Complex at 6pm. They are asking that everyone who attends to wear red.

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