Saturday, August 24, 2013

GAMEDAY: Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Game

2013 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Game
UNB Varsity Reds Alumni vs Saint John Sea Dogs Alumni
Today at 1:30pm
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Harbour Station - Saint John, NB
SAINT JOHN – Today is the day most Saint John Sea Dogs fans have waited all summer for.

At 1:30pm at Harbour Station, the first Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Game will take place with the Saint John Sea Dogs Alumni facing off against the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Alumni.

From the Sea Dogs Foundation’s website:

The game is named in honour of businessman, community leader and philanthropist, G. Wallace F. McCain. He was a former Chairman of Maple Leaf Foods and also co-founder and former Vice Chairman of McCain Foods. Mr. McCain is the father of Scott McCain, CEO of the Saint John Sea Dogs hockey club. 

The Sea Dogs released their full roster for the game earlier this week and it is stacked. Four of Saint John’s defensemen have played at least a game in the National Hockey League.

What’s interesting about Saint John’s roster is that the first generation of the team is meeting the second generation. It’ll be the first time we get to see guys like Jason Churchill, Jeff Caron, and Ryan Sparling join forces with guys like Pierre Durepos, Zack Phillips, and Eric Gelinas.

There will also be a number of former players attending this weekend’s festivities but will not be playing. That list of players is highlighted by 2013 Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau. You may have heard of him.

Saint John’s full roster for today’s game along with how many games they played with the Sea Dogs can be found below:

29 Robert Mayer 126gp
31 Jason Churchill 70gp

4 Eric Gelinas 27gp
6 Jeff Caron 61gp
21 Kevin Gagne 269gp
23 Pierre Durepos 242gp
28 Nathan Beaulieu 233gp
45 Yann Sauve 251gp
47 Simon Despres 240gp
55 Charles-Olivier Roussel 58gp

4 Ryan Sparling 247gp
7 Zack Phillips 192gp
8 Alexandre Leduc 106gp
10 Michael Kirkpatrick 266gp
14 Francois Gauthier 113gp
17 Mike Thomas 288gp
18 Danick Gauthier 218gp
22 Keven Charland 142gp
25 Alexandre Beauregard 30gp
25 Maxime Villemaire 45gp

In attendance:
1 Travis Fullerton 105gp (playing for UNB)
4 Ryan Kelly 35gp
11 Jonathan Huberdeau 195gp
24 Marshall Worden 1gp
29 Maxime Joyal 40gp
29 Chuckie Schembri  12 playoff gp
44 Brett Gallant 131gp
55 Shea Kewin 29gp

Former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant will be coaching Saint John. Current Sea Dogs head coach and general manager and former V-Reds head coach Mike Kelly will be running the UNB bench.

Not sure what UNB’s final roster looks like, but here are the names that have been included in press releases over the past few weeks (things may have changed obviously):

Travis Fullerton
Craig Soke
Dion Campbell
Kyle Werner
Ryan Burgoyne
Ryan Seymour
Stacy Smallman
Jordan Clendenning
Kevin Werner
Chad Denny
Steve Pearce
Spencer Corcoran
Jeff Wilson

A limited number of VIP Packages remain up for grabs. To purchase, visit the Sea Dogs Administration office or call 632-9260. Tickets for the Alumni Game and the Sea Dogs pre-season match are available at the Harbour Station box office, online at or calling 657-1234.

The game will be followed by a Family Fun Fair in the Harbour Station parking lot from 3pm to 6:30pm. There will be a BBQ with funds raised going to the Children’s Wish Foundation. There will also be lots of games set up.

At 9:30pm, there will be a memorabilia auction at Rocky’s Sports Bar. All items can be found on the Sea Dogs Foundation’s website. Pre-bidding is open on several items.

All funds raised during the weekend activities will be given to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada (New Brunswick Chapter); a national non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling a favourite wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, as well as the Top Corner fund in Saint John and The Brendon Oreto Foundation in Fredericton. These two organizations meet the principles to provide financial assistance and hockey equipment to young New Brunswickers in need.

Also happening on Saturday, the Sea Dogs host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in pre-season action at 7pm at Harbour Station.

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