WCPHS Foundation Inaugural Banquet

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WCPHS Foundation Inaugural Banquet

July 30 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Western Canada Professional Hockey Scouts Foundation will hold its inaugural Wall of Honour induction dinner on Tuesday, July 30, in Okotoks, Alta. The dinner is to be held in the Foothills Centennial Centre, which is attached to the Okotoks Centennial Arena. The foyer of the arena will be the home of the Wall of Honour, a display that, with its three video screens, will be unveiled that afternoon.

The evening will be highlighted by the induction of 45 past and present scouts into the Wall of Honour. Inductees will include five pioneers (1940-63), 17 from scouting’s early era (1963-79), 20 from the modern era and two from junior hockey. Also being inducted will be Garnet (Ace) Bailey, who was the Los Angeles Kings’ director of pro scouting when he died aboard the plane that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Also on tap will be the inaugural presentation of the Ace Award, which the Foundation has struck in Bailey’s honour. Glen Sather, a Hockey Hall of Famer who had a lengthy relationship with Bailey, will make the presentation to someone who is deemed to have gone above and beyond the expected in helping the scouting community.

The gala will get started in mid-afternoon with a meet-and-greet for inductees and family members in the arena foyer. Later, they will be piped into the banquet hall for the dinner.

Live and silent auctions involving hockey memorabilia, including autographed NHL player jerseys, will also be part of the evening, as will Hot Stove sessions involving the likes of Ken Holland, the Edmonton Oilers’ president and general manager, John Davidson (President – Columbus Blue Jackets), and Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser, a practising physician who also is an assistant GM with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Along with a cast of former and present NHL players, coaches and management staff which includes the likes of Craig Button, Mike Penny, Brian Skrudland, Archie Henderson and Al Teur.


July 30
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm




Foothills Centennial Centre
204 Community Way
Okotoks, Alberta T1S2N3 Canada
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“A great night for a great cause. Scouts don’t go unappreciated, but certainly go unnoticed. So to have this idea of recognizing scouts become a reality is a job well done. And the night in Okotoks was special. Great stories and lots of laughs. Outstanding beginning for this foundation.” – Dennis Beyak, former WHL GM and retired NHL broadcaster

“The scouts throughout the NHL are the backbone of all 32 hockey operations groups. It was great to see the Western Scouts giving back…and it was great to be part of their inaugural dinner.  That Saturday night, and the people in that room, was why we all remain such special friends and our loyalty to the game of hockey grows.” – John Shannon, Sports Emmy Award-winning broadcaster

“A very special thank you to the Western Canada Professional Hockey Scouts Foundation for having us as their chosen cause for their Foundation start-up dinner on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  $3,400 was raised that will go directly to the work we do on the frontlines on the streets of downtown Calgary during the silent auction. Ensuring our work will continue for the next 12 months. Thank you to everyone last night who came up to discuss with us the important of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the work that we do.” – Kit Richards and Jasmine Stonechild, Bison Clan Bow River

“Thanks again for organizing such a fantastic event. Already looking forward to next year.” – Paul Graham, VP and Executive Producer, Live Events, TSN

“It was such a great two days. A hockey Thanksgiving before Canadian Thanksgiving is how I’d describe the event itself. As I mentioned, these are the folks who clear the runway allowing careers to take off. And honouring their work on the eve of another winter in rinks was a perfect windup to summer. The town of Okotoks is a perfect stage for the Wall of Honour. It’s an oasis, a symbol of a scout’s hope of finding something great hidden away.” – Ron MacLean, Hockey Night in Canada host

“I want to thank the Western Canada Professional Hockey Scouts Foundation for inviting me to be part of their startup banquet and fund-raiser. Being part of the Celebrity Roast of Ron MacLean as a roaster was a true honour. Ron is a Canadian icon and to be among other Canadian media icons along with Kevin Lowe was a thrill for me. You and your fellow scout’s recognition is long overdue and very much needed. Thanks for having me” – Tim Hunter, former NHL player and coach