Meet The Pros – 2019

The following all-star alumni are confirmed to help Stick it to Alzheimer’s in May 2019! A huge THANK YOU to all the alumni who make Pro-Am possible!

Al Iafrate
Al Iafrate
Al Iafrate 2017 marks Al's 3rd Pro-Am Defense, Toronto Maple Leafs March 21, 1966, Michigan, United States

Al Iafrate was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft after a standout career with the Detroit Compuware Spitfires and a short but distinguished stay with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Iafrate played 799 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 152 goals and 311 assists for 463 points. He also compiled 1301 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 199293 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists with the Washington Capitals. He is perhaps most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record in 1993 which stood to 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3km/h).

Brad May
Brad May
Brad May November 29, 1971

A native of Toronto, Ontario, May was claimed 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. A member of Canada's 1991 Gold Medal World Junior Team, May showed plenty of spunk as a rookie with the Sabres in 1991-92 with eleven goals and 309 penalty minutes. In 1992-93, May's defensive work improved and he scored the overtime winner in the first round playoff match up that eliminated the Boston Bruins.

After parts of seven seasons in Buffalo, May was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in February 1998 and was a steady hardnosed player for them over the next two and a half seasons. In June 2000, he was acquired by the Phoenix Coyotes to add grit to their fast skating team. May also played for the Colorado Avalanche before being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, the trade proved to be a blessing in disguise as his physical presence led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2007.

Brent Gretzky
Brent Gretzky
Brent Gretzky February 20, 1972

The Brantford native was chosen 49th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 after registering 250 points over three seasons for the OHL's Belleville Bulls. In 1992-93 he notched 20 goals in his rookie pro season for the Atlanta Knights of the IHL. Over the next two years, Gretzky played briefly in the NHL. He continued to toil in Atlanta and helped the franchise win the Turner Cup in 1994.

The crafty pivot signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1995-96 season. He never returned to the NHL but was a popular addition to the St. John's Maple Leafs of the AHL.

Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell March 9, 1986

Bickell played for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Carolina Hurricanes during his carrer in the NHL. He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015, and played in four early playoff games during the team's run to the 2010 Stanley Cup championship. Bickell spent nearly 10 years with the Blackhawks organization before being traded to the Hurricanes before the 2016–17 season. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis later that year and retired from playing hockey at the end of the season.

Bryan Muir
Bryan Muir
Bryan Muir Returning again, this year marks Bryan’s 8th Pro-Am Defence, Edmonton Oilers Born June 8, 1973, Winnipeg

Bryan Muir played for Canada’s National team in a tournament in Moscow where he impressed the Edmonton Oilers as they signed him to a try out. Muir was a gritty defenseman that did not have a problem with protecting his teammates. In 2001 the Colorado Avalanche acquired Muir to some strength to their defense course. Muir and the Avalanche ended up winning the Stanley Cup that year. Over his 12 year NHL career, he played for 7 different franchises recording 281 penalty minutes in 279 games.

Colton Orr
Colton Orr
Colton Orr Right wing - Toronto Maple Leafs, Stockton Heat March 3, 1982

A graduate of the WHL, Colton Orr played four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats between 1999-2003 before making his professional debut in 2002-03 after signing as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. Colton spent the first two years of his professional career playing with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, amassing 536 penalty minutes in 125 games, before making his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins for one game during the 2003-04 season.

He would establish himself as one the NHL’s most feared enforcers by the 2005-06 season, splitting time between the Boston Bruins & New York Rangers, and went on to spend the next three season in the Big Apple before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent prior to the 2009-10 season. He was brought to Toronto to add more “pugnacity, testosterone and truculence” as stated by former Maple Leafs General Manager, Brian Burke, and would spend parts of the next six seasons with the Blue & White before finishing his career with the Stockton Heat (AHL) during the 2015-16 season. In all, Colton played in 477 career regular season games, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists while adding 1186 penalty minutes.

Dan Daoust
Dan Daoust
Dan Daoust With 11 Pro-Am’s to his credit, we welcome Dan back again this year Centre, Montreal Canadiens February 29, 1960, Montreal

After spending his junior career with the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL and two seasons with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL, Dan Daoust was called up to the Montreal Canadiens in 1982-83 where he played four games and tallied one assist. Soon thereafter, Daoust was off to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, where the bulk of his NHL career would be played. In 48 games with the Leafs that year, Daoust contributed 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. He had high expectations for himself the following year, and he came through as promised. In 78 games, Daoust averaged almost a point per game, scoring 18 times while assisting on 56 others for 74 points.

Daoust played a total of eight years in Toronto, becoming a fan favourite along the way. Despite his lack of size, he was always willing to stick his nose into a scrum. The final numbers for Daoust read 522 games played, 87 goals, 167 assists, 254 points, and 544 minutes in penalties.

Darcy Tucker
Darcy Tucker
Darcy Tucker We are welcoming Darcy back for his 4th Pro-Am Right Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs March 15, 1975, Castor

Darcy Tucker is one of the feistiest players to ever lace up a pair of skates in the NHL. He would put his heart and soul into every shift. His determination and drive would overcome his smaller stature. He was a junior star with the powerful Kamloops Blazers. Montreal took note and drafted him 151st overall in the 1993 NHL draft. After being dealt to Toronto in 1999-2000 season, this Memorial Cup all-star would become an instant fan favourite for Toronto fans. He played in over 900 games and recorded over 1400 penalty minutes.

Dennis Maruk
Dennis Maruk
Dennis Maruk This will be Dennis’ 8th Pro-Am Centre, Lake Charles Ice Pirates November 17, 1955, Toronto

Dennis Maruk was a classic case of a small man looking to excel in a big man’s game. He would get his chance when he was selected 21st overall in the 1975 NHL draft by the California Golden Seals. He was traded to Washington where he would register 50 goals twice and one incredible campaign where he tallied 60 goals and 76 assists for a total of 136 points. Only nine players in league history have scored as many goals in a single season as Dennis Maruk and only eight players equaled or surpassed his single-season point totals. As a result, Maruk was selected for the All-Star team in 1978 and 1982.

Gilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne
Gilbert Dionne Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens September 19, 1970, Drummondville

In his final OHL season with the Kichener Rangers Gilbert Dionne scored over 100 points and registered 23 points in 17 playoff games. His performance caught the attention of scouts, but because he was a 19-year-old, teams were wary about using him with a high draft pick. Finally, the Canadiens selected him in round four. He was named to the NHL All Rookie Team in 1992, and in 1993 he won the Stanley Cup with Montreal. As a two way player, he would score 20 goals in a season twice.

Mark Napier
Mark Napier
Mark Napier Another veteran of the Pro-Am, 2017 is Mark’s 11th Appearance Right Wing, Montreal Canadiens January 28, 1957, North York

Mark Napier was blessed with blinding speed and a natural scoring ability. In 1974-75 while playing with the OHA's Toronto Marlboros he registered 66 goals in the regular season and then led all playoff scorers with 24 goals and 48 points when the team won the Memorial Cup. Following the season he was named to the OHA first all-star team. Napier turned pro in 1975-76 with the Toronto Toros of the WHA. That year he earned the Lou Kaplan trophy as the league's top rookie. He was selected tenth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He accounted for 235 career goals with four different NHL clubs, won two Stanley Cups then excelled in Europe for four seasons.

Matthew Barnaby
Matthew Barnaby
Matthew Barnaby Right Wing - Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins... May 4, 1973

Matthew was the fourth round, 84th overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

In his first full season with the Buffalo Sabres the NHL the Ottawa, Ontario native led the league with 335 minutes in penalties.

After a run of almost five seasons in the Buffalo organization, Barnaby was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was shipped off to Tampa Bay. Always noticeable when on the ice, Barnaby became a fan favorite in Tampa Bay with his feisty play and give all attitude. In 2001-02, he was off to the New York Rangers. Barnaby jumped from Colorado to Chicago to Dallas over three seasons. As a member of the Stars, he would suit up for 39 games with the club before suffering a concussion in a January 9, 2007 in a game against the Coyotes. The concussion Barnaby suffered caused him to miss the remainder of the season and eventually end his career after 834 career NHL games played.

Mike Krushelnyski
Mike Krushelnyski
Mike Krushelnyski Left, Detroit Red Wings April 27, 1960, Montreal

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.

Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs February 18, 1980, Oskemen, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union

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 NieuwendykAlexei 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.

Nikolai Borschevsky
Nikolai Borschevsky
Nikolai Borschevsky

After a successful decade spent in Russia coming up through the junior and senior ranks of the Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow programs, Nikolai Borschevsky would participate in the 1992 Winter Olympics in France on the United Team. In 8 games, Borschevsky scored 7 goals and added 2 assists which put him in the Top 10 in the tournament’s scoring race and would help lead his team to the gold medal win over Canada. NHL scouts took notice and Nikolai was drafted in the 1992 NHL Entry draft (4th Round, 77th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He joined the Maple Leafs for the 1992-93 season and made an immediate impact by scoring 34 goals and adding 40 assists in 78 regular season games played. The Leafs would face-off against a heavily favoured Detroit Red Wings team in the first round of the playoffs that spring and fought back from a two games to none deficit to force a game seven in Detroit. After Doug Gilmour scored late to send the game to overtime, Borschevsky played the role of overtime hero deflecting a Bob Rouse shot into the back of the Red Wings net to send Toronto to the second round against the St. Louis Blues. The following season, Borschevsky would continue to produce while he was in the lineup but he would miss nearly half the season due to injuries. After a slow start to the lockout shortened 1994-95 season, Borschevsky was traded to the Calgary Flames where he’d finish out the season before signing as a free agent with the Dallas Stars prior to the 1995-96 season.  He would only dress in 12 games with the Stars before leaving the NHL to play in Germany with the Kolner Haie to finish out that season. Borschevsky would return to Russia for the 1996-97 season and played two more years with Spartak Moscow before retiring in 1998. In all, Borschevsky played in 162 career NHL regular season games, scoring 49 goals and adding 73 assists for 122 points.

Raffi Torres
Raffi Torres
Raffi Torres Left Wing, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers... October 8, 1981

He was drafted by the New York Islanders fifth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Torres was drafted out of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion. Beginning in 2001–02, he turned professional with the Islanders' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. He spent the better part of two seasons in the AHL before the Islanders traded him to the Oilers in 2003. He played five seasons in Edmonton, becoming a full-time NHL player with the club. He recorded career numbers as an Oiler in 2005–06, while also helping them to the Stanley Cup Finals that year. In the 2008 off-season, he was dealt to the Blue Jackets, where he played the better part of two seasons. After a brief stint with the Sabres in 2009–10, he signed with the Canucks and played one year for them where they reached the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Torres then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes and then with the San Jose Sharks. Internationally, he represented Canada at the 2001 World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal.

Torres retired from the NHL in November 2016.

Rob Ray
Rob Ray
Rob Ray Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres June 8, 1968, Stirling

The Buffalo Sabres drafted Ray in the 5th round, 97th overall in the 1988 NHL draft. He played two full seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL), cementing his reputation as a hockey fighter with over 700 penalty minutes in 125 games. Standing at 6'0", Rob Ray was one of the toughest NHL hockey players through the 1990s. He combined an overall physical play with a lethal fighting ability. He was one of those players that you hate to play against, but love to have on your team Rob Ray ended his NHL career with 3207 career penalty minutes, ranking him 6th overall in NHL history.

Shayne Corson
Shayne Corson
Shayne Corson Left Wing, Montreal Canadiens August 13, 1966, Midland

Drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, Shayne Corson quickly established himself as a power forward and would spend parts of eight seasons with Montreal before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Shayne spent three seasons with the Oilers before being dealt to the St. Louis Blues returning back to Montreal during the 1996-97 season. Shayne spent the next four seasons back with the Canadiens, representing his country on the Olympic stage in Nagano in 1998, before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000. He spent the next three years with the Maple Leafs before signing with the Dallas Stars prior to the 2003-04 season, his last year in the NHL.

Stéphane Richer
Stéphane Richer
Stéphane Richer June 7, 1966

Richer was drafted 29th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play in 1,054 career NHL games, scoring 421 goals and 398 assists for 819 points. Richer won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. Richer scored 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens in 198788 and 51 in 1989/90, becoming the only player to do so since Guy Lafleur's prime. To this date, Richer is the last player to have scored 50 goals for the Montreal Canadiens.

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas Right Wing - Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks July 15, 1963

Born in Stockport, England, Steve Thomas would star in the OHL as a member of the Toronto Marlboros and, after scoring 51 goals in the 1983-84 season, would sign as an undrafted free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Steve would spend a majority of the 1984-85 season with Toronto’s AHL affiliate in St. Catharines and amassed an impressive 42 goals & 48 assists for 90 points in 64 games. He was named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team, won the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s top rookie and earned his first call-up to the Maple Leafs for an 18 game stint where he’d score his first NHL goal. He began the 1985-86 season back in the AHL but after tallying 32 points in 19 games, Steve would earn a permanent call-up to the Maple Leafs and finished his rookie season in the NHL with 57 points in 65 games and 14 points in 10 playoff games.

Thomas went on to have a successful sophomore season with the Blue & White but was traded along with Rick Vaive & Bob McGill to the Chicago Blackhawks for Al Secord & Ed Olczyk prior to the 1987-88 season. While his first two seasons in Chicago were cut short due to injuries, Steve would spend parts of 5 seasons with the Blackhawks and was a key offensive contributor when he was in the lineup: 198 points in 231 games. Early in the 1991-92 season, Steve was traded to the New York Islanders and his offensive production continued to blossom. While in New York, Steve would have his most productive NHL season when he scored 37 goals & added 50 assists for 87 points in 1992-93. As a follow up, Steve would score a career high 42 goals during the 1993-94 season.

Just prior to the 1996-97 season, Thomas was traded to New Jersey and spent two seasons with the Devils before returning to Toronto as a free agent for his second tour of duty with the Maple Leafs. In Toronto, Steve regained his scoring touch and helped lead the Leafs to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999. After two more seasons in Toronto, he would return to the Chicago Blackhawks for parts of two seasons before a trade deadline deal landed him with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although he was 40 years old, Thomas turned into a key addition for the Ducks and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals that spring. He became a free agent after the playoff run and signed with the Detroit Red Wings a month into the 2003-04 season. He made 44 regular season appearances for the Red Wings and scored at a half point per game pace as a 41 year old in his final NHL season. In total, Steve Thomas played in 1235 NHL regular season games and produced 421 goals & 512 assists for 933 points and 1306 penalty minutes.

Todd Harvey
Todd Harvey
Todd Harvey Right Wing, Dallas Stars February 17, 1975, Hamilton

Todd grew up in the small town of Sheffield, Ontario and spent two seasons playing Jr.B. in the OHA before being selected 1st overall in the 1991 OHL Priority Selection by the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the OHL. In 1993 the Dallas Stars drafted Todd Harvey with their first pick, 9th overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Harvey signed with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to the NHL lockout. Harvey was part of the Cinderella Edmonton Oiler team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Oilers lost in game 7 of the finals to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Tomáš  Kaberle
Tomáš  Kaberle
Tomáš  Kaberle Defence, Toronto Maple Leafs March 2, 1978, Rakovník, Czech Republic

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.

Wayne Primeau
Wayne Primeau
Wayne Primeau A new player to our roster, we welcome Wayne to his first Pro-Am Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs June 4, 1976, Scarborough

After a successful sophomore season with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Wayne Primeau was selected 17th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to Owen Sound for the 1994-95 season before getting his first taste of NHL action later that season when he was called up to play in one game for Buffalo and scored his first NHL goal. Wayne would return to the OHL for the 1995-96 season, split between Owen Sound and Oshawa, before turning pro on a full time with Buffalo and their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester later that season. He played 24 games in Rochester to open the 1996-97 season before getting the permanent call-up to NHL. In all, Primeau lasted parts of 5 seasons with Buffalo before being traded to Tampa Bay during the 1999-2000 season. Primeau would spend parts of 3 seasons with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh & San Jose, parts of 2 seasons in Boston and parts of 3 seasons with Calgary before being acquired in a trade by the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, 2009. Wayne played his final NHL season in 2009-10 with the Maple Leafs before hanging his skates up. In all, Primeau played in 774 career regular season games, scoring 69 goals and adding 125 assists for 194 points.

Wendel Clark
Wendel Clark
Wendel Clark As a fan favourite and veteran of the Pro-Am, 2017 marks Wendel’s 11th Pro-Am Left Wing/Defence, Toronto Maple Leafs October 25, 1966, Kelvington

If there was a list of the most popular Toronto Maple Leaf players of all-time, one could be certain that the name Wendel Clark would be right near the top. The former Maple Leafs' captain was idolized by thousands of hockey fans, and held a status, which was nothing short of legendary during more than a decade of service with the blue and white. Clark was selected first overall in the 1985 NHL Draft by the Maple Leafs. His rough and tumble style made him a fan favourite in Toronto.  He scored at least 20 goals on six occasions and was a two time NHL All-Star.