About the Event
About the Event
Confirmed All-Star Alumni
Drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1964, Mike Pelyk would spend two seasons playing for the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA before making his professional debut during the 1966-67 season where he split time between the Tulsa Oilers (CPHL) and the Maple Leafs. The swift moving skater would spend parts of seven seasons with Toronto, breaking out with a 31 point campaign during the 1973-74 season, before signing with the Vancouver Blazers of the WHA. He would spend a season in Vancouver before his rights were traded to the Cincinnati Stingers where he would serve as team captain during the 1975-76 season. At the conclusion of that season, Pelyk’s rights were traded back to Toronto and he would suit up with the Maple Leafs for parts of the next two seasons. Throughout his NHL career, Pelyk played in 441 regular season games, scoring 26 goals and adding 88 assists for 114 points along with 566 penalty minutes.
Hawerchuk was drafted 1st overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1981, and became the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points, a record since broken by Sidney Crosby in 2006. His incredible freshman season was good enough to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Dale played the majority of his career with the Winnipeg Jets, but also played for the Buffalo Sabres, St Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.
The Toronto born Hawerchuk also represented Canada on the international level. He played for his first home country in the 1987 Canada Cup and was named Team Canada’s MVP with a goal and 2 assists in the decisive third game of the finals. Dale announced his retirement from the game following the 1996-97 season at the age of 34. He retired with 1,409 points, placing him 17th on the career NHL points list.
Lanny McDonald is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames. He played over 1,100 games during a 16-year career in which he scored 500 goals and over 1,000 points. His total of 66 goals in 1982–83 remains the Flames' franchise record for a single season.
McDonald was selected by the Maple Leafs as the fourth overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and established himself as an offensive forward with three consecutive 40-goal seasons in Toronto in the mid-1970s. His trade to the Rockies in 1979 resulted in Toronto fans protesting the deal in front of Maple Leaf Gardens. He played parts of three seasons in Denver, before he was sent to Calgary in 1981 where he spent the remainder of his career. He co-captained the Flames to a Stanley Cup championship in his final season of 1988–89.
DiMaio was selected 118th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders but didn't make his NHL debut until January 8, 1989 and scored his first goal five nights later on January 13 against the New Jersey Devils. In 1991-92, he joined the NHL ranks full-time. On June 18, 1992, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed DiMaio in the Expansion Draft. In his first season with his new team, he scored 24 points. In 1993-94, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Then, in the shortened 1994-95 season, he helped the Flyers win the Atlantic Division title and reach the playoffs for the first time in six years. In the playoffs, DiMaio scored six points in 15 games as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Devils. Over the course of his career, he played for the Islanders, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and was one of the original Lightning players during Tampa's inaugural season.
Kraig was signed as a college free agent by the Boston Bruins in 1985. In his first 84 games, he would score 20 goals. After leaving the NHL, Kraig moved to Europe where he continue to play for another 11 seasons. Today, he is a singer/songwriter who entertains at any and all functions and events . Kraig has performed at 3 Winter Classic games, and most recently was a featured performer at the Edmonton Oilers 30 Year Stanley Cup Reunion celebration. In addition, Kraig performed in front of a world record audience of 115,000 when the Michigan Wolverines took on the Michigan State Spartans at The Big Chill at The Big House in 2010.
Stew Gavin came up through the amateur ranks with the Toronto Marlboros of the OHA from 1977 to 1980. While there, he established himself as a quick-skating plumber who could flesh out any respectable roster with his intensely determined style of play. In 1980, he was picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs who, after a brief tryout, dispatched him to the New Brunswick Hawks of the AHL to refine his game.
But it wasn't until 1983-84 that he became an NHL regular. At that time, he became the Blue and White's designated checker and penalty killer. But the team was stuck on a losing track year in and year out. In 1985, the team sought to bolster its defensive corps by surrendering Gavin to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for blueliner Chris Kotsopoulos.
Traded to Hartford by Toronto for Chris Kotsopoulos, October 7, 1985. Claimed by Minnesota from Hartford in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1988.
From early on Gaston could skate like the wind was at his back. His blueline mobility made him a bluechip prospect wherever he played. As a member of the Montreal Canadiens, he humbly slipped into the dressing room to apprentice with the likes of Robinson, Gainey, Lafleur and Shutt. But four seasons into his dream, he was dealt to the rival Maple Leafs where he toiled for several years before a return gig in Montreal. In 1986, Gingras reached the peak of his career, winning his first and only Stanley Cup as the Canadiens ousted the Flames in five games. Gingras rounded out his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues before heading to Europe to play for five seasons in Switzerland and Italy.
Nik Antropov was was drafted tenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. When Owen Nolan joined the Maple Leafs in March 2003, Antropov changed his number from #11 (Nolan's number for the San Jose Sharks) to #80, the year of his birth. In 2003–04, Leaf coach Pat Quinn formed a line with Joe Nieuwendyk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Antropov. This line was dubbed the "Skyline" because of the players' height. On July 2, 2009, Antropov signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent. His first year with the Atlanta Thrashers was his most successful scoring 24 goals and 43 assists. Following the team's relocation to Winnipeg in the summer of 2011, Antropov had the honor of scoring the first goal of the new Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2011 against the Montreal Canadiens.
Tomáš Kaberle is a retired former Czech professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as for the Boston Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup. A four-time NHL All-Star, Kaberle also played for the Czech national team and won a bronze medal with the team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Kaberle is currently the second-highest scoring defenceman in Maple Leafs franchise history, behind only Börje Salming. Though Kaberle began and played most of his career with Toronto, it was only after he was traded to the Boston Bruins that he won his first Stanley Cup.
After winning the CHL Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Detroit Whalers in 1995, Bryan Berard was drafted 1st overall by the Ottawa Senators. He would later be dealt to the New York Islanders where he would begin his NHL career in 1996-97. While he had a standout rookie season in New York, where he won the NHL’s Rookie of the Year Award after a 48 point campaign, Berard would be dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1998-99 season. He helped lead the Leafs to a conference semi-final later that spring but that would be his only playoff appearance with the Leafs after sustaining a career threatening eye injury late in the 1999-2000 season. After sitting out a year to rehab, Berard would sign with the New York Rangers prior to the 2001-2002 season. He spent a year with the Rangers, a year with the Boston Bruins (2002-03) and a year with the Chicago Blackhawks (2003-04) where he would win the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to the game of hockey. He would sit out the following season before spending two season with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2005-07), a year back with the New York Islanders (2007-08) before spending his final professional hockey season with Vityaz Chekhov of the KHL. Berard represented the United States of America at the World Junior Championships in 1995 & 1996, the World Championships in 1997 and the Nagano Olympics in 1998. Throughout his NHL career, Berard played in 619 regular season games, scoring 76 goals and adding 247 assists for 323 points along with 10 points in 20 playoff games.
Mike Krushelnyski was a versatile forward who was equally proficient at left wing and centre. He was a good stickhandler with a long reach who could score, set up plays and check. “Krusher” was selected 120th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1979 NHL draft. After being traded to Edmonton, Krushelnyski scored 13 points in 18 games while helping the Oilers repeat as Stanley Cup champions. He would go on to win 4 Stanley Cups and record over 500 points in his 15 year NHL career.
John Scott signed by the Minnesota Wild on December 31, 2006. The 6'8'' Scott quickly made a name for himself as a true NHL heavyweight. The Edmonton native played for seven teams over 10 seasons, finishing with five goals, 11 points, 544 penalty minutes and one great story to tell his kids. What started as a joke on the Internet turned into a life-changing few months for the popular enforcer. As a result of the online campaign, Scott garnered more votes than any player for the all-star game. Despite the league's initial resistance, Scott's addition to the all-star game made for one of the best hockey stories in ages. The 6-foot-8 behemoth would go on to score two goals in the three-on-three tournament and was voted MVP by the fans. Scott played one game after his fairytale all-star appearance with the Montreal Canadiens before returning to Michigan to be with his family.
Draft Party – The Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’sTM in support of Baycrest kicks off with a memorable draft party the night before the tournament on Thursday, May 4. During the party, each team will draft an NHL alumnus to play on their team; draft positions are based on how much each team fundraises. Be the team to raise the most money and get the first overall pick of alumni!
Day 1 – The Tournament: Over the course of two days (Friday & Saturday) all teams will participate in a three-game tournament with the top 20 individual fundraisers invited to take part in the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s All-Star Game. Games will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday May 5, and the All-Star game taking place at noon.
Day 2 – The Tournament: Games will continue all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the 2017 tournament comes to a close. The 2017 Championship Game with the top two fundraising teams will take place on Saturday May 6, at noon with the family fun skate taking place at 1 p.m. The games and the arenas will be exclusive to participants and 2017 Pro-Am tournament pass holders.