Hockey superstar Mats Sundin will join a list of more than 30 celebrities who will skate in the inaugural Festival Cup charity hockey game at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Friday, September 5, 2008. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. The Festival Cup is presented by GMP Capital Trust, one of Canada's leading independent investment dealers. All proceeds raised from the event will go to support the international humanitarian organization Right To Play.
“Mats is excited to be coming back to Air Canada Centre for the first annual Festival Cup, presented by GMP Capital Trust, in support of Right To Play,” said Sundin's agent, J.P. Barry. “The lineup of players and celebrities committed to this event is incredible, and I know Mats is looking forward to seeing the wonderful Toronto hockey fans come out in support of such a great cause.”
Joining Sundin are several NHL stars including Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks), Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators), Curtis Joseph (Toronto Maple Leafs), Matt Stajan (Toronto Maple Leafs), Robyn Regehr (Calgary Flames), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary Flames), Sean Avery (Dallas Stars), Mike Green (Washington Capitals), Andrew Ference (Boston Bruins) and Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lighting) – along with Hollywood's Tim Robbins, Alan Thicke, D.B. Sweeney, Cameron Bancroft and director Jason Reitman.
The honourary captains for the game are Doug Gilmour and Luc Robitaille.
The Festival Cup is one of the festivities kicking off the first weekend of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. As part of the event, two teams featuring a mix of NHL and Hollywood celebrities will face-off in a fun and entertaining game.
Tickets for the Festival Cup are $25.00 and available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ca) or the Air Canada Centre box office.
The following is an overview of the rosters for the Festival Cup.
Team #1 (White Jerseys) - Captain: Doug Gilmour (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Players: Cameron Bancroft (Hockeyville, Little House), Tom Bernard (President, Sony Pictures Classics), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary Flames), Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton Oilers), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Mike Green (Washington Capitals), Curtis Joseph (Toronto Maple Leafs), Bobby Kennedy Jr. (Environmental lawyer, Ring of Fire), Steven McQueen (Everwood), Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno), Robyn Regehr (Calgary Flames), Mike Richter (New York Rangers), Tim Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption), Graeme Roustan (Bauer), Craig Simpson (Edmonton Oilers, Hockey Night in Canada), Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators), Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Jason Thompson (General Hospital), Scott Thornton (NHL Free Agent), Wojtek Wolski (Colorado Avalanche)
Team #2 (Dark Jerseys) - Captain: Luc Robitaille (Los Angles Kings)
Players: Sean Avery (Dallas Stars), Jennifer Botterill (Canadian Women' National Team), Tim Connolly (Buffalo Sabres), Mark DeCarlo (Raising Helen), Kris Draper (Detroit Red Wings), Andrew Ference (Boston Bruins), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Oren Koules (Saw, Two and A Half Men), Nick Kypreos (New York Rangers, Rogers Sportsnet), Lochlyn Munro (Smallville, CSI, Dead Man on Campus), Joey Scoleri (Hollywood Records), Derek Roy (Buffalo Sabres), Sami Jo Small (Canadian Women's National Team), Matt Stajan (Toronto Maple Leafs), D.B. Sweeney (The Cutting Edge, Jericho), Mats Sundin (NHL Free Agent), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks), Jeremy Williams (Toronto Maple Leafs)
About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver its programs in more than 23 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The organization is supported by an international team of top athletes from more than 40 countries. As role models, these athletes inspire children, raise awareness and promote opportunities for funding for Right To Play projects. For more information visit www.righttoplay.com.
About GMP Capital Trust
GMP Capital Trust carries on business through the following principal entities: GMP Securities L.P., Griffiths McBurney Corp., GMP Securities Europe LLP, GMP Private Client L.P., EdgeStone Capital Partners, L.P. and GMP Investment Management L.P. GMP Securities L.P. is a leading independent Canadian investment dealer focused on investment banking and institutional equities for corporate clients and institutional investors. GMP Securities L.P. can be found on the web at gmpsecurities.com. Griffiths McBurney Corp. services institutional clients in the United States while GMP Securities Europe LLP provides investment banking and institutional equity services to clients located in Europe. GMP Private Client L.P. is a full-service investment firm focused on high-net-worth private investors that provides wealth preservation, income and growth strategies delivered by seasoned investment advisors. GMP Private Client L.P. can be found on the web at gmpprivateclient.com. EdgeStone Capital Partners, L.P. is one of Canada's leading private equity firms, providing capital, strategic direction and business and financial advice to help promising mid-market and early stage companies achieve their full potential. EdgeStone Capital Partners, L.P. can be found on the web at edgestone.com. GMP Investment Management L.P. through its private funds seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted investment returns over the long term by executing selected investment strategies. GMP Investment Management L.P.'s offerings are aimed at both high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors. GMP Capital Trust is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol GMP.UN. The website is gmpcapitaltrust.com. GMP Capital Trust has offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, Geneva, Switzerland, and London, England.