Celeb roster released for 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic

Posted in: Press Releases, Spotlight- Jul 13, 2011

July 13, 2011, Victoria, BC – With just one week to go until the 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic mental health fundraiser hits the town of Victoria, a number of additions have been made to the star-studded guest list.

"Since we first announced the Classic last January, the town has been abuzz with celebrity attendee speculations," said Russ Courtnall. "We’ve kept it pretty tightlipped until now, due to the unpredictability of celeb schedules. Today, I’m happy to finally announce the stars of this year’s fundraiser. Of course there’s always the possibility of last-minute changes or additions, but this list gives you a pretty good idea of the high-calibre guests you’ll see at the Classic."

Celeb roster as of July 13, 2011

  • Greg "Gus" Adams – retired NHL winger, played for Vancouver during the ’94 Stanley Cup
  • Jamie Benn – current NHL forward, plays for Dallas Stars
  • Mitch Berger – free agent football punter, Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Champion (2009)
  • Doug Bodger – retired NHL defenseman, played for Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose and more
  • Neal Broten – retired NHL centre, played for Los Angeles, Minnesota and New Jersey
  • Valeri Bure – retired NHL winger, played for Montreal, Calgary, Dallas and more
  • Candace Cameron Bure – actress, played D. J. Tanner on Full House and stars on Make It Or Break It
  • Kelly Chase – retired NHL winger, current radio sportscaster
  • Matthew Craven – Canadian actor, films include X-Men: First Class, Disturbia and The Pacific
  • Dave Ellett – retired NHL defenseman, played for Winnipeg, Toronto, Boston, St. Louis and more
  • Paul Ernster – free agent football punter, drafted by Denver Broncos in ’05 NFL Draft
  • Don Felder – former lead guitarist for the Eagles
  • Jennifer Finnigan – actress, films include Conception and The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Alan Frew – Juno Awards winner, Grammy nominee and lead singer of Glass Tiger
  • Kevin Gogan – retired NFL guard, played for Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and more
  • Chris Hetherington – retired NFL fullback, played for Indianapolis, St. Louis, Oakland and more
  • Cale Hulse – retired NHL defenseman, played for New Jersey, Calgary, Nashville and more
  • Jeff Jackson – former NHL player and assistant GM to the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Jim Jerome – radio talk show host of Three Guys on the Radio
  • Donny Lalonde – retired Canadian professional boxer, nicknamed "Golden Boy"
  • Reed Larson – retired NHL defenseman, played for Detroit, Boston, Edmonton and more
  • Ian Leggatt – retired Canadian professional golfer
  • Ron MacLean – co-host of Hockey Night in Canada
  • Manny Malhotra – current NHL centre, plays for Vancouver Canucks
  • Tom Martin – retired NHL winger, played for Winnipeg, Hartford and Minnesota
  • Kirk McLean – retired NHL goaltender, played for Vancouver, Florida, New York and more
  • Willie Mitchell – current NHL defenseman, plays for Los Angeles Kings
  • Lochlyn Munro – Canadian actor, films include Freddy vs. Jason and Scary Movie
  • Torsten Neumann – co-founder and director of the Oldenburg International Film Festival
  • Kraig Nienhuis – retired NHL winger, played for Boston
  • Gena Lee Nolin – actress and model, appeared on The Price is Right and Baywatch
  • Gary Nylund – retired NHL defenseman, played for Toronto, Chicago and New York
  • Ryan O’Byrne – current NHL defenseman, plays for the Colorado Avalanche
  • Matthew Pettinger – former NHL Canucks winger, currently plays for DEL
  • Aaron Pritchett – Canadian country music singer
  • Jonathan Silverman – actor, films include Weekend at Bernie’s and Death Becomes Her
  • Brad ‘Motor City Smitty’ Smith – retired NHL player, played for Vancouver, Detroit, and Toronto
  • Bill Smitrovich – actor, films include The Rum Diary and Seven Pounds
  • P. J. Stock – retired NHL winger, played for New York, Montreal, Boston and more
  • Deborah Unger – Canadian actress, films include Silent Hill, Thirteen and Crash
  • Todd Zeile – retired MLB player, played for New York Mets, New York Yankees and more

About the 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic
Already a two-time success, the 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic will take place July 22 to 24, 2011, at the Victoria Golf Course, Victoria Conference Centre and Fairmont Empress Hotel. Events for the weekend include a fundraising dinner, silent and live auction and celebrity golf tournament. Previous Courtnall Celebrity Classics, held in 2003 and 2004, raised more than $2 million for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and helped open the doors to the Archie Courtnall Centre, a Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Funds raised from the 2011 Classic will go towards purchasing mental health care equipment and funding patient care programs for the new Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, part of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s overall $25 million Building Care Together campaign. For information and updates, visit www.courtnallclassic.org.

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