Induction ceremony about “celebrating people’s accomplishments”

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With the big day fast approaching, event chair of the 2014 Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony doesn’t want a political debate overshadowing things.

 

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Clearing the air with a phone call to the Daily Herald on Tuesday, Peter Anholt clarified that while alcohol is being served at the event, drinking is not the event’s main purpose.

“Ultimately, it’s to recognize the accomplishments of the inductees,” he said.

“It’s going to be a big event. We expect 750 people at this event, we’ve got the who’s who of hockey of Prince Albert coming to recognize the inductees that are going in, and for the city to host such a big event, I think is just a real credit to the City of Prince Albert as much as anything.”

Special guests include the “who’s who” of the hockey world, he said -- an impressive array of individuals he said will be a real treat for local hockey fans to meet.

Included in the guest list is Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who played with the Prince Albert Raiders from 1979 - 81.

In two years with the Raiders, Tippett registered 235 points in 120 games and helped the club win its third Centennial Cup championship in 1981.

He was also a late-season addition during the 1979 playoff run when the Raiders had won the Centennial Cup for a second time in three years.

“Just that he wants to come back and be a part of it says a lot,” Anholt said.

It’s going to be a big event. We expect 750 people at this event, we’ve got the who’s who of hockey of Prince Albert coming to recognize the inductees that are going in, and for the city to host such a big event, I think is just a real credit to the City of Prince Albert as much as anything. Peter Anholt

This year’s inductees include the 1982 Raider Hockey Club, the 1972 Rosetown Redwings, Jim Neilson, Brad McCrimmon, Brian Propp and Wes Smith.

The event is expected to bring Prince Albert an economic impact of more than $80,000.

“All these people are coming in and spending money in our city and staying in hotels and making it a weekend getaway, so it’s all positive,” Anholt said.

Tickets for the Friday night event at the Art Hauser Centre are pretty well sold out at this point, Anholt said, noting that all of the 95 tables (eight seats per table) have been sold.

A few single tickets, at $100 per ticket, might still be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Coun. Ted Zurakowski sparked debate at Monday’s city council meeting, during which he called to question the city aid in the funding of an event that serves alcohol.

Although he doesn’t doubt the merits of Zurakowski’s political stance on its implications, Anholt clarified that the city’s $2,500 sponsorship will not go toward the purchase of alcohol.

“That’s now what this is about,” Anholt said. “It’s about celebrating people’s accomplishments.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald, Phoenix Coyotes Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Prince Albert

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