The Moose Jaw Kinsmen will have an NHL legend heading up their 27th annual Sports Celebrity Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The local service club announced recently that former Toronto Maple Leafs standout Darryl Sittler will be joined by former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and race car driver Amber Balcaen as special guests for the always-anticipated event. Sportsnet Central anchor Jamie Campbell will return as the master of ceremonies for the fourth straight year.
A Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Walk of Fame member, Sittler played in the NHL from 1970 to 1986, with the first 12 of those seasons as member of the Maple Leafs. The first Leaf to score 100 points in a single season, Sittler is most famous for the greatest single-game offensive output in NHL history – his six-goal, 10-point effort against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 7, 1976 continues to stand as an NHL record. Sittler was named to the Hall of Fame in 1989 and in 2017 was named one of the Top 100 Greatest NHL Players.
Gibbons was the head coach of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2004 to 2009 and again from 2012 to 2018, reaching the American League Championship Series in 2015 and 2016. He retired at the end of the 2018 season and was celebrated with John Gibbons Day in Toronto on Sept. 26.
Balcaen is a third-generation driver from Winnipeg and is the first Canadian female to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the U.S. The rookie of the year on the 2014 Sprint Car circuit, Balcaen is now president of her namesake racing company and will compete on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2019.
Tickets are currently available for the banquet at $150 each or a corporate table of eight for $1,200. For more information or reservations, contact Cory at 631-8893 or John at 690-4555.