Throughout his career, Paul Coffey exemplified everything an offensive defenseman can be. He was a smooth and incredibly fast skater, had a booming shot from the blue line that terrified opposing goaltenders, and was able to use his excellent hockey sense and playmaking skills to confuse the opposition and set up teammates. Paul Coffey was born in Weston, now a part of Toronto. At the age of 16, Paul Coffey would play for Tier II Jr. A North York Rangers, netting 47 points in 50 games. Paul Coffey would also make his OHL debut this season, appearing in 8 games with the Kingston Canadians. The following year, Paul Coffey would jump to the Major Junior ranks full time, skating with the Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds.As a 17 year old rookie, Coffey would net 17 goals and 72 assists for 89 points in 68 games. The following season, after netting 31 points in his first 23 games with the Greyhounds, Paul Coffey was dealt to the Kitchener Rangers. Coffey would finish the season appearing in 52 games for Kitchener, scoring 19 goals and 52 assists for 71 points. Coffey’s combined total of 102 points in 75 games between the Greyhounds and Rangers made him 1 of the most sought after defensemen heading into the 1980 NHL Draft. The Edmonton Oilers would draft Paul Coffey with their 1st round pick, 6th overall. Continue reading
For a number of years now, Jackson Events and Easter Seals have proudly partnered up to host the Easter Seals Celebrity Hockey Classic Series. The Celebrity Hockey Classic Series offers hockey enthusiasts the chance to play with former NHL greats in a two or three-game tournament, as well as the opportunity to meet and greet the players during an exclusive Draft Party the evening before. On Draft Party night, each team will draft one former NHL great to play on their team. A number of high profile, former NHL stars host their own Celebrity Hockey Classic. These players include former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rick Vaive, 3 time Stanley Cup winner Paul Coffey, Philadelphia Flyers legend Eric Lindros and former Buffalo Sabres fan favorite Brad May. In addition to these player hosted tournaments, the counties of Huron and Bruce jointly played host to the Huron Bruce Celebrity Hockey Classic.
Jackson Events was proud to be a part of the recent Winnipeg Heritage Classic, which took place in the form of a variety of events over 3 days from Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd. The Winnipeg Heritage Classic featured 2 outdoor hockey games at Investors Group Field, a 40 000 seat stadium that both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, and the University of Manitoba Bisons football team call home. Several hockey legends from both the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers were in town for an action packed weekend that included the NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game and the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic Game. Continue reading
Throughout the month of September, Jackson Events has had a busy, but very fun and eventful month. Featured in this story will be a few of the countless highlights throughout September at Jackson Events.
On September 12th, Jackson Events was proud to be a part of the 12th Annual IKO Charity Golf Tournament. Founded in 1951, IKO is a pioneer world leader in producing top end roofs for virtually any type of structure. IKO currently has more then 3500 employees in more then 25 plants throughout Canada, United States, England, Belgium, Holland, France and Slovakia, shipping roofing products to 96 countries throughout the world. Jackson Events is proud to be affiliated with a top notch corporation by being apart of the IKO Charity Golf Tournament. The event was held at the beautiful Station Creek Golf Course in Gormley, Ontario. This year’s IKO Charity Golf Tournament was held for the benefit of the Bnei Akiva Schools of Toronto. The proceeds from the event went to provide support for scholarships for students in need of financial assistance. The event commenced festivities at 9:30 am with registration. Following registration the participants had the opportunity to make use of Station Creek’s putting green and driving range while having refreshments and a light lunch. Tournament play began with a shotgun start at 12 noon and was played in best ball scramble format. As part of the tournament, participants could bid on having former Toronto Maple Leafs captain and fan favorite, Wendel Clark, join their group for 9 holes. Wendel Clark was highly visible throughout the day, signing autographs, including jerseys, took pictures and interacted with golfers during the course of the event. The participants were also treated to a BBQ as part of their golf round. The post golf cocktail buffet reception began at 5:30 pm with the event ending with Wendel Clark giving a short speech as part of the presentations, which also featured a raffle draw and silent auction, both which had great items. Jackson Events would like to thank IKO, the tournament volunteers and the participants for making the 12th Annual IKO Charity Golf Tournament one to be remembered.
Almost all successful entrepreneurs experience challenges. Some may experience trouble finding their career path before ultimately deciding to become an entrepreneur, while others may fail at many ventures time after time before finally finding success. While most successful businessmen may experience challenges in one way or another, it would be hard to find one who has faced and risen above those challenges like Frank O’Dea. Frank O’Dea was born in 1945 in Montreal. Growing up in Montreal West, Frank O’Dea first discovered alcohol at the tender age of 13. Reflecting on his early days drinking, O’Dea says to InsideToronto in a 2010 interview, “I didn’t know I was going to be an alcoholic of course, but I loved the taste and the feeling of alcohol and I drank it at every opportunity.”
On July 12th, hockey legend Dale Hawerchuk hosted his second Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic of the summer, with this one being in Winnipeg. Dale Hawerchuk takes great pride in being able to host an event of this magnitude in Winnipeg, as it brings Dale Hawerchuk back to the city where he spent the first 9 seasons of his NHL career playing for the Jets. During his time with the Jets, Dale Hawerchuk became one of the most popular athletes Winnipeg has ever seen.
In addition to Dale Hawerchuk, there were several other distinguished NHL alumni on hand for the Winnipeg version of the Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic. These include other former Winnipeg Jets stars Dave Ellett, Kris King, Scott Arniel and Jordy Douglas, as well as current Winnipeg Jets assistant coach and a member of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty of the 1980s, Charlie Huddy. The New York Islanders championship teams were well represented with Billy Smith and Manitoba native Butch Goring in attendance. Former Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen Al Iafrate, Ric Nattress and Brad May took part in the festivities, with Nattress acting as emcee for the event. The celebrity guest list for this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic would be rounded out by former Montreal Canadiens centre Brian Skrudland, former New York Rangers teammates Larry Melnyk and Ron Duguay and former Buffalo Sabre Doug Bodger.
If you’re a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs or hockey in general, chances are you’ve heard of Darcy Tucker. Despite standing at a modest 5’10 and weighing 183 pounds during his playing days, Darcy Tucker played a big man’s game. Throughout his 14 seasons in the NHL, Darcy played with a mean streak. He loved to play physical and wasn’t afraid to give his opponents an extra shot or two. As well as his physicality, Darcy Tucker was also a very skilled player, attributing 5 seasons throughout his NHL career where he scored 20 or more goals. Darcy Tucker was born on March 15th, 1975 in Castor, Alberta, and was raised 50 kilometers away in Endiang, Alberta. A minor hockey star growing up, Tucker was passed over in the WHL Draft despite scoring 70 goals and 160 points in only 47 games with the Midget AAA Red Deer Chiefs. Despite being passed over in the WHL Draft, Tucker would still make the Kamloops Blazers as a 16 year old, during which he played in 26 games, scoring 3 goals and 13 points. Tucker would also appear in 9 playoff games during the Blazers playoff run which ultimately saw them win the 1992 Memorial Cup in Seattle. In the 1992/93 season, Darcy Tucker’s 2nd with Kamloops, he’d score 31 goals, 89 points while racking up 155 penalty minutes in 67 games.Tucker would also add 13 points in 13 playoffs game while picking up an additional 34 penalty minutes. Continue reading
The 14th annual Dale Hawerchuk Charity classic was recently held at the beautiful Rocky Crest Golf Resort in the Seguin Valley of Muskoka. Presented by the Scotia Mortgage Authority, this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic golf tournament featured 18 retired NHL stars, all of whom were eager to support the Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic’s cause of choice, Easter Seals Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic will be donated to Easter Seals Ontario, and used to help purchase mobile equipment and help fund opportunities to send kids to fully accessible Easter Seals camps. The list of retired NHL stars taking part in this year’s Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic is extensive. In addition to Dale Hawerchuk, the tournament featured former Montreal Canadiens Peter Mahovlich, Steve Shutt, Brian Skrudland and Terry Ryan. Several former Toronto Maple Leafs stars also participated. These players include Al Iafrate, Kevin Maguire, Wendel Clark, Dave Ellett, Brad May and Mike Palmateer. Other players participating included teammates from the New York Islanders’ dynasty of the 1980s Billy Smith and Butch Goring, Edmonton Oilers goaltending legend Grant Fuhr, Calgary Flames Stanley Cup champion Ric Nattress, former Nashville Predators star Scott Walker, former Boston Bruin Kraig Nienhaus and former Bruin and current Sportsnet and CBC hockey analyst PJ Stock.