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Hockey Heroes: Lanny McDonald

March 22, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Abbotsford Heat News Release

Abbotsford, BC - The Abbotsford Heat are pleased to announce the first Hockey Heroes celebration featuring Lanny McDonald at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre Thursday, March 29, 2012. Opening faceoff against the Chicago Wolves is scheduled for 7:00PM PDT sponsored by Cascades Casino.

Summary Notes

- The Heat are thrilled to present 'Wear a 'Stache. Win the Cash' in coordination with the presence of Lanny McDonald's trade-marked moustache.

o Fans are encouraged to groom, create or otherwise impersonate Lanny's famous facial hair for a chance to win $500.00 cash.

o Plus they'll earn front of the line access to meet hockey legend, Lanny McDonald!

- The random draw will take place in the first period so if you want a chance to win, you have to be in the building before puck drop - watch for the Heat Street Team, powered by The Honda Way, to get your draw ticket for your chance to win!

- Lanny will

o Participate in the ceremonial puck drop.

o Bbe on Country 107.1 during the Heat's play-by-play broadcast with Ryan Pinder in the first half of the 1st period providing colour commentary.

o Be on the concourse signing autographs in the 2nd intermission.

- Doors open at 6pm, puck drops at 7pm.

Quote from Lanny McDonald

- "I'm looking forward to being part of the game at the AESC and meeting all the great fans of the community at the autograph session. Let's cheer the Heat on to victory!"

Lanny (born February 16, 1953) is a Canadian and former professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He played over 1,100 games during a 16-year NHL career in which he scored 500 goals and over 1,000 points. His total of 66 goals in 1982-83 remains the Flames' franchise record.

McDonald was selected by the Maple Leafs as the fourth overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and established himself as an offensive forward with three consecutive 40-goal seasons in Toronto in the mid 1970's. His trade to the Rockies in 1979 resulted in Toronto fans protesting against the deal in front of Maple Leaf Gardens. He played parts of three seasons in Denver before he was sent to Calgary in 1981 where he played the remainder of his career. He won the Stanley Cup in 1989, captaining the Flames to the championship in his final season.

He was among the most popular players in Flames history and was well known throughout the league for his bushy red moustache and support of the Special Olympics. McDonald won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication and sportsmanship in 1983 and in 1988 was named the inaugural winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership and humanitarian presence. He represented Team Canada on two occasions, winning inaugural Canada Cup in 1976. McDonald was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. The Flames retired his number 9 in 1990.

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