The University of Manitoba Bisons women’s and men’s hockey programs are pleased to announce their annual joint fundraiser dinner to be held on Monday, February 6, 2012. The special event will be staged at the Canad Inns - Fort Garry (1824 Pembina) with special guest speaker Kevin Cheveldayoff in attendance.
Proceeds from the evening will go to support student athletic scholarships and general program needs of the Bison women’s and men’s hockey programs.
The special fundraiser event will celebrate and support the Bison women’s and men’s hockey programs of the past and present. The evening will start with cocktails at 6 p.m., then dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the guest speaker. The night will include door prizes and a silent auction.
Single Tickets are $125 with a tax receipt for the donation portion of ticket. Corporate Tables are $1000 (Table of eight with a tax receipt for donation portion of ticket). All donations (directed to scholarship) will be matched by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative.
There are sponsorship opportunities still available if interested. If people are unable to attend, they can make a donation and receive a 100% tax receipt.
Kevin Cheveldayoff was given his first assignment as general manager of an NHL hockey club when he was named to the position by the Winnipeg Jets on June 8, 2011. Cheveldayoff spent two years with the Chicago Blackhawks serving in the role of Assistant General Manager/Senior Director, Hockey Operations. During Cheveldayoff's tenure, the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
Before joining the Blackhawks in 2009, the Blaine Lake, SK native spent the previous 12 seasons as the General Manager of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, guiding the franchise to four league championships, which included the 2008 and 2002 AHL Calder Cup championships and 2000 and 1998 IHL Turner Cup championships.
Overall, Cheveldayoff has been a part of seven league championships during his 15-year management career, which includes two Turner Cups in three seasons as the Assistant Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Assistant Coach for the Denver and Utah Grizzlies (1995-96).
Cheveldayoff was the architect of 12 Wolves teams that compiled a .615 regular-season winning percentage (544-320-114) and 10 postseason berths from 1997 to 2009.
Eight of those clubs reached the 100-point mark during the regular season while earning four division titles and six postseason conference championships.
Originally drafted by the New York Islanders with their first pick (16th overall) in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Cheveldayoff began his career in the AHL with the Capital District Islanders, serving as the alternate captain from 1991 to 1993.
He held the same role with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in 1993- 94, earning the team's "Unsung Hero Award" after racking up a career-high 216 penalty minutes in 73 games. Known as a defensive defenceman during his playing days, a knee injury cut his professional career short after five seasons.
Cheveldayoff spent four seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL where he played in 214 games and collecting 81 points (12g, 69a) as well as 759 penalty minutes.
Bison women’s hockey head coach Jon Rempel commented, “We have continued to build this successful joint fundraising event into an annual fundraising effort and are tremendously happy that Kevin could give his valuable time in a hectic Jets schedule. This will be a great evening and opportunity for people to support both Bison hockey programs.”
For tickets or to make a donation please go to the Manitoba Bisons website (gobisons.ca) and fax back the registration form (PDF) available there to 204-360-6128, Attention: Tannis Corfield or email your form to: email@example.com
And for more information, contact either Bison women’s hockey head coach Jon Rempel at 204-474-7274; Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant at 204-474-8632 or call Tannis Corfield at 204-794-8785 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org