Press Release

Mr. Darryl Sittler, a National Hockey Hero, Announced as Guest Speaker of the 36th Annual Winnipeg Blues Gala Dinner

September 25, 2017, Winnipeg Blues, News Release

The Winnipeg Blues a member of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is delighted to announce Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Darryl Sittler, as this year’s Guest Speaker at the 36th Annual Winnipeg Blues Gala Dinner.

“It is a pleasure to announce Mr. Darryl Sittler as this year’s guest speaker” says Mr. Tom Kleysen, Director and MJHL Governor of the Winnipeg Blues and Chair of the Gala Dinner. “In 1976 Darryl Sittler achieved legendary status in Canada and across the hockey world”. Scoring six goals and adding four assists for ten points in an NHL game – a record that still stands today. Later that same year during the Canada Cup final he scored the tournament winning goal, securing his place in history as a national hockey hero. “Over the course of his illustrious career Darryl has contributed to all levels of professional hockey and has been a strong ambassador of the game in Canada. I am certain that all in attendance, especially the Winnipeg Blues Players will be excited to hear about his life, his leadership qualities and the things that made him one of the most successful and popular Toronto Maple Leaf players of all time. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to speak at our Gala event”. 

The 36th Annual Winnipeg Blues Gala Dinner takes place on November 28, 2017. The evening will feature a question and answer session following Darryl Sittler’s remarks. A raffle, silent and live auction will also be included in the festivities. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the team, receive autographs and have their photo taken with their favourite Blues player. The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Joe Aiello, Radio Host of Power Mornings with Philly, Joe and Randy on Power 97.

The Winnipeg Blues was founded in 1930 and was formerly known as the Winnipeg Monarchs, Fort Garry Blues, and Winnipeg South Blues. The Blues have won seven Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions, two Anavet Cups, and one Abbott Cup. As the Monarchs, the team captured ten Turnbull Cups and three Memorial Cups. The 1995 Winnipeg South Blues have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category. In 2010, the Blues moved into the MTS Iceplex, located on the western edge of the city, and shortened their name to the Winnipeg Blues. In 2014 The Blues won the Turnbull Cup at the MTS Iceplex. The Blues have been the only MJHL club based in Winnipeg since the Winnipeg Saints relocated to Virden in 2012. 

Please join us on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in support of Winnipeg’s MJHL team. For Gala Dinner ticket, sponsorship and event information please call Heidy Foot at (204) 489-3822 or