The Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner was another star-studded affair on Saturday night at the Heritage Inn with over 400 people in attendance to hear from and meet this year’s special guests.
Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Darryl Sittler, former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and Canadian race car driver Amber Balcaen were the guests this year, while Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell was back as emcee.
Sittler touched on his relationship with Terry Fox, his thoughts on the Toronto Maple Leafs' successful season so far, and of course, his 10-point game, which actually happened this week in 1976.
"That was a special night," said Sittler in a one-on-one interview with DiscoverMooseJaw.com before the event. "It's a record that I'm proud to hold, I'm proud that I accomplished it in a Maple Leaf uniform against an Original Six team in the Boston Bruins. Did I ever think that it was the magnitude that it is and last as long as it did? No, I thought a guy like Wayne Gretzky when he was getting a couple hundred points a year or Mario [Lemieux]."
This wasn't Sittler's first trip to the annual Kinsmen Club of Moose Jaw fundraiser as he appeared at the event a few decades ago.
Sittler finished his NHL career with 484 goals and 1,121 points in 1,096 games, which included 12 seasons with the Maple Leafs.
He said he's really enjoying the Leafs' current run, "Wendal [Clark] and I are involved with the Leafs, we split the games up and it's been fun over the last couple of years," said Sittler.
Gibbons also had a previous connection to the Friendly City as his neighbour when he lived in San Antonio was a Canadian military member from Moose Jaw.
The former Jays manager said he also enjoyed coming to Western Canada during his time with Canada's only Major League Baseball team.
"We go to play in Seattle and we'd meet the people coming from Calgary and Vancouver, and I played 'AAA' ball in the Pacific Coast and they had teams in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, so I love this area," said Gibbons.
After stepping away from the Blue Jays after the 2018 season, Gibbons said that he’s taking a year away but hoping to stay involved in the Majors.
"This will be the first time in about 39 years that I won't be going to spring training since I started as a player," said Gibbons. "I could use a break, I say that now but two months from now I will miss it. Some time to recharge a bit and then I want to get back into in some capacity.
"Baseball is all that I've ever known, I got into it right out of high school and it's been my whole life, I don't know if I’m qualified to do anything else -- some people question if I was qualified to do that -- but I'm not ready to retire yet."
Balcaen is a third-generation race car driver and she’s chasing a dream of becoming a NASCAR driver. The Winnipeg product said that racing is something that she’s wanted to do her whole life.
"I grew racing dirt in Manitoba and was pretty successful at it, got the attention of NASCAR and I've been pursuing it ever since," said Balcaen.
"It's in my blood, my mom's dad raced cars and my dad still races cars to this day and for me, it's an addiction, I just can't get enough of it."
Balcaen's father is 48-time track champion Mike Balcaen, while her grandfather Lou Kennedy Sr. is a racing hall of fame inductee.
Amber made history in 2016 when she became the first Canadian female to win a NASCAR sanctioned race.
Balcaen currently lives in North Carolina as she pursues her lifelong goal of racing in NASCAR. She has some ties to Saskatchewan as well as she's dating Roughriders defensive lineman Jordan Reaves.
All funds raised during Saturday's event will go to local sports in Moose Jaw.