BARRY’S BAY – While details of Hockey Day in Canada are still rolling out, Barry’s Bay will welcome retired NHL player Brad Marsh on January 18.
Marsh was a professional defenseman for 15 years, who played with the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, amongst several other teams.
He along with two other retired NHL players, who have yet to be announced, will be coming to Barry’s Bay later this month, as part of the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada series.
Lloydminster, which lies on the border of Saskatchewan and Alberta, will play the main host of the event, and the Bay has been named one of the remote host communities.
Starting at 11:00 a.m., on-ice training will be held at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre for the kids enrolled in the Barry’s Bay and Area Minor Hockey Association.
Then, teams will head upstairs for off-ice training, including workshops on stretching, drills and nutrition.
President of the minor hockey association, Bill Green told the Gazette that while details are still being hammered out, it is sure to be a fun-filled day for the kids.
“All we have to do as an association is basically supply the kids,” he said. “They are bringing all of the instructors.”
The partnership happened by chance – Green was checking his junk email last year when a notice about hockey caught his eye.
Read more in the January 8, 2014 issue of The Valley Gazette.