The Weyburn Red Wings are pleased to announce the 2017 Annual Sports Dinner will be taking place Saturday January 28. Again, this year the event will be taking place at the Cugnet Center at the Weyburn Composite High School. Myrna McFadden will be providing a gourmet meal for the evening.
Headlining the event will be Darcy Tucker, who was drafted in the 6th Round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, 151st Overall. Always told he was too small and not fast enough, Tucker overcame these perceived obstacles and became a consummate professional ice hockey player who could play it any way you wanted - physical, skilled, defensive, offensive. In his first professional season in the American Hockey League he won the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Trophy and scored 93 points in 74 games. The following season he stuck with the Montreal Canadiens where he played for two seasons and then was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998. In 2000 he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for whom he played for nine seasons. In 2008 Tucker was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Tucker had six twenty goal seasons in the National Hockey League including a career-high 28 goals in the 2005-2006 season playing in 74 games.
Co-headlining the evening is Kelly Gruber. In April 16th, 1989, Kelly Gruber was the first Blue Jay in history to hit for the cycle when he went 4 for 6 with 6 RBI and 4 runs scored. He also played in 158 of the club’s 162 games and played 6 positions: 3B, SS, 2B, CF, LF & DH. He had finally arrived. Gruber was nicknamed “Xanthos” by the media for his blonde hair and the ladies loved his luscious locks. He was voted Toronto’s most eligible bachelor by his legions of mostly female fans. Kelly Gruber led all third basemen with 31 HR, 118 RBI and had 14 steals to cap it off. He was second in the AL in total bases with 303 and extra base hits with 73. He was 4th in voting for the MVP award, was voted an All Star and won both the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove award based on his play at third base. He also won the 19th annual Super Stars Competition in Cancun, Mexico and was the first ever baseball player to do so.
Tickets for the Sportsman Dinner are on sale now to season ticket holders at the Red Wings Office. Sales to the public will open December 1st. Single admission is $100, and Corporate Tables are $1000. (8 seats with complimentary wine, closer to main stage).