The Castor Beaverdome set to host a “Battle of Alberta” matchup.
By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
The Castor Beaverdome will be hosting a hockey game with an NHL feel in 2020.
Castor Minor Sports is hosting a “Battle of Alberta” NHL Alumni game on March 29th, 2020. The Match-up will see Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers veterans facing off against each other, with some local talent to back them up. The format for this game will see 11 community members per team lace up their skates, and skate side by side with the NHL veterans. In the previous Almuni game, the community members faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni team.
Skater registration for Castor residents will open on Oct. 1st and registration for everyone else will open on Oct. 3rd.
The cost to skate with the veterans will be $1000, which includes access to the banquet being held that evening and an NHL quality practice jersey.
There are also two team coaching positions available with a cost to register of $500. In total, there will be four goalie slots and 18 other slots up for grabs.
Although March is a long ways away and rosters can change, to date five NHL veterans have confirmed for the event including former Edmonton Oilers Marty McSorely, Raffi Torres, Ethan Moreau, Mike Krushelnyski, and Sean Brown. No Flames alumni have yet confirmed for the event.
Castor Minor Sports is looking into increasing community involvement in the lead-up to the event, however planning is still in the early stages, and more announcements will be coming at a later date.
“We’re looking at different ways to maximise fundraising,” Said Castor Recreation Director Natasha Bozek.
“We will have bleacher seating and standing room. We should be able to sell around the same number of tickets as the last game. We’re also looking into doing an online auction ahead of time.”
In addition to the tickets and the player slots, Bozek also confirmed that a silent auction will be held during the banquet, and that a number of fundraising ideas are being discussed.
Tickets for the event will be $25, and with the game being a “Battle of Alberta” match-up, playing slots and tickets for the event are expected to sell out fast.
All the funds raised from the event will be going toward paying for the nearly $1 million in renovations the arena underwent during the summer and fall of 2018.