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Who's who of hockey in town

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

Dale Hawerchuk is coming back to play hockey in Winnipeg!

Well, tonight he is, anyway.

The former Winnipeg Jets star will lead the Legendary Hockey Heroes into battle against the Winnipeg Police Patrolmen tonight at MTS Centre in the annual Oldtimers Hockey Challenge.

Game time is 7 o'clock, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go to the Rainbow Society's Winnipeg chapter.

"It's a lot of fun, and it's family-oriented," former Winnipeg Jets forward Jimmy Mann said yesterday from Edmonton, where the Heroes played a game last night.

The Hockey Heroes squad is chock full of Hockey Hall of Famers, including Hawerchuk, Bryan Trottier, Steve Shutt and Gilbert Perreault.

The great Bobby Hull will be an honourary coach, and other former NHL stars on the Heroes roster include Glenn Anderson, Igor Kravchuk, Richard Brodeur and Gary Leeman.

"The tour's going great," Mann said. "We've got a great bunch of guys -- Hawerchuk, Bobby's here and Perreault. We're having a lot of fun raising money.

"It's always fun when you play the game."

Referee Ron Hoggarth is also on tour again and will be back to add his humourous take on the proceedings as well.

Other highlights tonight will include a laser show, Michael Burgess of Les Miserables fame, 66-year-old world champion figure skater Don Jackson, Crazy Claude the trumpeter, the Call to Recycle Tykes and the Winnipeg Ice Synergy synchronized skating team.

But that's not all.

Ticket buyers can bring their skates to MTS Centre and participate in a pre-game public skate with some of the Legends between 4 and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $45 for four.

Mann said watching Jackson, the 1962 men's world champ, might be worth the price of admission alone.

"He's unbelievable," Mann said. " He's 66 years old, and he skates unreal. At 66 we won't be doing that. Believe me."

When asked who has scored more goals on the tour so far -- he or Hawerchuk -- at least Mann was honest when he could have easily told a fib.

"I would say Hawerchuk," Mann said. "Howie's the man."


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