The Boots and Hearts Barn Burner charity hockey game is getting a boost for this summer’s event.
It was announced Monday that Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares will be in Barrie on August 3 for the game, which is raising money for local charities and returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. .
Tavares joined the Leafs on July 1, 2018, and became the 25th captain in team history in October 2019.
Game captains Mike Gartner and Gary Roberts have also been announced for the charity event, which will take place at Sadlon Arena.
Organizers also announced on Monday that Devin Shore and Chris Tierney will also be playing, with more talent to be named over the coming weeks.
Alex Nuttall organizes the event and has been part of it for the 15 years it has been running.
With the two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Nuttall said BarrieToday everyone can’t wait to get back to it.
“It’s really exciting to be able to come back,” he said. “The players are excited to be back. That will be evident by the incredible rosters we’ll be releasing this year.
“Everyone in the community is excited and I hear it often. It’s just a much-loved event combining hockey and fundraising for great causes,” added Nuttall.
The Boots and Hearts Barn Burner is a charity hockey game which raises funds for the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center (RVH), The Rotary Club, PIE Education and Easter Seals.
The event takes place on Wednesday, August 3 from 6:30 p.m. with tickets available by clicking here.