MILTON, ON (January 31, 2023) – Hockey Allstars Jeremy Roenick and Al Iafrate will be among a host of outstanding former and current athletes at the 21st Annual Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction at the RattleSnake Point Golf Club on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
In his first season of NHL action, Jeremy Roenick scored 18 points in 20 games. The following season saw Roenick crack the Blackhawks’ lineup full-time. During Roenick’s 8 seasons in The Windy City, he had 3 straight seasons during which he scored at least 103 points. Roenick also played an integral part in Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals, which they ultimately lost to the Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh Penguins. In the summer of 1996, Roenick was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, where he’d play for 5 seasons. In the summer of 2001, Roenick would sign with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent. He’d hit several milestones during Roenick’s 3 seasons with the Flyers. These include scoring his 1000th NHL point and playing in his 1000th NHL regular season game. In the 2004 playoffs, Roenick played an integral role in the Flyers run to the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring 13 points in 18 games. Roenick would also score the overtime goal in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, eliminating the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the 2005 NHL lockout, Roenick was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, where he’d spend the 2006/07 season. Roenick would then return to the Coyotes for another single-season stint before playing his final 2 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, retiring in 2009.
Al Iafrate was selected 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 870 career NHL games over twelve NHL seasons, scoring 171 goals and 327 assists for 498 points. He also compiled 1378 penalty minutes. His best season statistically was the 1992–93 season, when he scored 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points when he was with the Washington Capitals and in a year that the Capitals set a record for most goals by defensemen on a team in one season. Al is perhaps most famous for his rocket slap shot that set the NHL Skills Competition record for 16 years, at 105.2 miles per hour (169.3 km/h).
Roenick and Iafrate will be joined at the Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction by a roster of notable sports celebrities, including RCB Olympian and Paralympic Sledge Hockey player James Dunn and Sportscasters Tessa Bonhomme and Ken Reid as the evening’s Masters of Ceremonies. More sports celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks.
The dinner, organized by the Milton Chamber of Commerce, raises funds for the Chamber’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial assistance to deserving Milton high school students entering post-secondary. Since its creation in 2002, the event has raised more than $300,000.
Included in the evening is an exciting live and silent auction which will include one-of-a-kind experiences and unique sports memorabilia.
Tickets are available for purchase at miltonchamber.ca/SCD, the cost is $225 plus HST per ticket.