Visit the Innisville Stanley Cup to include the Main Street Parade

The Innisfail Holy Cup Hockey Day will include a public viewing at the Innisfail Twin Arena

INNISFAIL – The Holy Grail of Hockey will soon be displayed in full view for 15 minutes along Main Street in Innisfail.

The Town of Innisfail released additional details of the Stanley Cup visit to Innisfail on August 8.

A solemn procession will take place on the morning of Monday, August 8 between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.

In a recent press release, the city said members of the public are invited to attend to watch the Stanley Cup as it is delivered to the Innisfail Twin Arena.

Former Innisfail resident Ray Bennett, who recently won the Stanley Cup as part of the Colorado Avalanche’s NHL coaching staff, will accompany the cup along with representatives from the Innisfail Minor Hockey Association, Innisfail Eagles, Innisfail RCMP and Innisfail Fire & Protective Services personnel.

Bennett grew up at Innisfail playing youth sports – including all junior hockey – and graduated from Innisfail High School in 1980. He also played several seasons with the Innisfail Eagles men’s hockey team.

“I wanted to bring the trophy back to the city where I grew up, played junior hockey and many other sports, and graduated from high school,” Bennett said, also, to honor all those, including my father, who sacrificed so much time and effort to help all the young people of our time with activities and sports which we have practiced.

To accommodate the August 8 event, Main Street (50th Street) will be temporarily closed between 9 and about 10 am on August 8.

The street will reopen as soon as the event ends. The public will be able to watch the procession from the pedestrian areas along 50th Street between 49th and 51st Streets.

At 10 a.m., a separate event will take place at the Innisfail Twin Arena. Audience members will have the opportunity to take a photo with the trophy. There is no cost to attend.

The August 8 event will be a fundraiser for the Innisfail Minor Hockey and the Larry Reid Memorial Coaching Development Foundation.

Event organizers will accept donations from attendees to support local youth hockey programs.

Barbecues and street hockey are also on the agenda.

Attendees are invited to bring a hockey stick and a pair of gloves to take part in a game of old street hockey that will be played on one of the plaza’s concrete surfaces.

Event organizers will accept donations from attendees to support local youth hockey programs.

Barbecues and street hockey are also on the agenda.

Attendees are invited to bring a hockey stick and a pair of gloves to take part in a game of old street hockey that will be played on one of the plaza’s concrete surfaces.

The barbecue, which will also be done by donation, will be organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Innisfail. Street hockey and barbecue will both take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A small silent auction will be held at the event featuring a few signed T-shirts, sticks, and other miscellaneous items.

While the event is intended for Innisfail residents, attendees from outside the community can also attend.

Event organizers can only accept cash or check donations at the event. There is no option to donate by credit or debit card.

Checks must be payable to the Innisfail Minor Hockey Association.

For more details about this event, visit: www.bit.ly/3zaMjoy

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