Kinsmen announces all-star lineup for Sports Celebrity Dinner
Two Stanley Cup champions and a Cy Young award-winning pitcher will be headlining the 31st annual Moose Jaw Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner Presented by CPKC on April 6. This year’s event features a new title sponsor as well as a new location. The dinner will be moved from the Heritage Inn to a bigger venue at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Convention Centre. Dinner will be catered by Super Meats. “We were busting at the seams a little bit there, and this new venue gives us a little more space and room, and we’re excited to fill the house here too,” said co-chair Travis Olson. Olson added that the new venue will be able to fit about 600 people. Meanwhile, CPKC Railway is coming on board as the new title sponsor for the dinner. “We’re excited to be working with them for this year’s dinner, and it’s going to be great to partner with them and put on a great show,” said Olson. The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Kinsmen Club. “This helps us fill the coffers to help with those big legacy projects like the new Kinsmen Sports Complex that we’re doing with minor football and the city and even our annual contribution to our teams like the Kinsmen Flying Fins, the Kinsmen Wrestling Club, Kinsmen Speedskating. So, this is a big event for us,” said co-chair Scott Paquin. Headlining the event will be former NHLers Chris Pronger and Duncan Keith and former Major League Baseball pitcher Eric Gagne. The evening will be emceed by former sportscaster Rod Black. Pronger had an 18-year career in the NHL, playing with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks. He won World Junior gold in 1993, a world championship gold medal in 1997 and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Keith had a 17-year career in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. He’s a three-time Stanley Cup champion and the Con Smythe Award winner in 2015 as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Eric Gagne spent from 1999 to 2008 in the MLB with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers. He’s a three-time all-star and a 2007 World Series champion. Gagne became the second Canadian ever to win the Cy Young Award in 2003. In 2003, Gagne converted all 55 of his save opportunities to become the first player in Major League Baseball to record 50 saves in more than one season and is the fastest pitcher to reach the 100-save plateau. Tickets for the dinner are available now by emailing email@example.com or contact any member of the Kinsmen Club.