Edmonton Oilers Announce Mark Messier Homecoming Schedule
in association with COLD-fX
On Tuesday, February 27th, Mark Messier's #11 banner will rise to the top of Rexall Place, to take its place alongside a number of other Oilers greats. In addition to the jersey retirement ceremony, prior to the Oilers sold-out game versus the Phoenix Coyotes, a number of other events will be scheduled to commemorate Mark Messier's stellar career.
"I was born and raised in Edmonton, and spent the first twelve years of my NHL career playing for the Oilers. Having my number raised to the rafters of Rexall Place, where we accomplished so much as a team, and I made so many lifelong friends, is truly an honour," said Mark Messier. "For me, the celebration is really about my teammates, the coaches, the fans, and the people of Edmonton that made my days with the Oilers so special. So, as part of the celebration, it was important for me to be able to give something backoto the fans and the community that helped me become the player and the person I am today. By raising a substantial amount of money for local charities, we're going to do just that."
Mark Messier Civic Ceremony
The City of Edmonton will kick-off festivities with a Civic Ceremony for Mark Messier on Monday, February 26th at 12:15 p.m. in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Emceed by Hockey Hall of Fame announcer, Rod Phillips, the event will give all Edmontonians a chance to honour and salute Mark Messier. As one of Edmonton's native sons, Messier helped catapult the city, and the Edmonton Oilers, onto the world stage with five Stanley Cup victories and countless records and awards. Join Mayor Stephen Mandel, along with a number of special guests and teammates, as Edmonton toasts one of our own, Mark Messier.
'Celebrating #11 - Mark Messier: An Oil Country Homecoming'
On Monday, February 26th at 8:00 PM, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will host a charity gala at the Winspear Centre to salute the career of Oilers great Mark Messier. 'Celebrating #11 - Mark Messier: An Oil Country Homecoming', presented by Rexall in association with COLD-fX, will feature an evening of storytelling, laughs, and unforgettable memories from Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and many of Mark's other friends and teammates. Join these Oilers greats, special musical guests and host Kelly Hrudey, from CBC's Hockey Night In Canada, for this incredible event.
Tickets for this exclusive event are $350 each, and will go on sale to the general public at the Winspear Centre box office on February 1st, at 10:00 AM. A tax receipt in the amount of $230 will be issued upon request for each ticket purchased. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the ongoing work of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and the Alberta Lung Association, a charity Mark was personally involved with during his playing career as an Oiler.
"The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is excited to host this gala event in recognition of everything that Mark Messier has done for our community," said Darryl Lindenbach, Executive Director of the EOCF. "Through Mark's generosity, and the support of our local corporate sponsors, Rexall and COLD-fX, we know well will reinvest a substantial amount of money back into the community, while giving fans an opportunity to thank Mark for his tremendous accomplishments as an Oiler, and an Edmontonian."
Homegrown Corporate Sponsorship
To further enhance the Mark Messier homecoming celebration, two corporate partners who were founded in Edmonton and have grown to international status, have joined with the Oilers, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and Mark Messier to allow for an even greater charitable giving component for Mark's return to Oil Country. Rexall and COLD-fX will present the two days of activities through their partnership for this historic event.
"Rexall and the Rexall family of pharmacies - Rexall, Pharma Plus, Medicine Shoppe, Guardian and I.D.A. - are honoured to present two days of activities that extend the celebration of Mark Messier to the many Messier fans across Edmonton who may not be able to attend on game day," said Denise Darragh, VP, Marketing and Advertising, Rexall. "Additionally, supporting local charities is a key pillar on which our community pharmacies operate. We are very proud to be associated with this great event!"
"Mark has represented COLD-fX with our launch in the U.S. this past fall and we are thrilled to be associated with this event to honour his contribution to our home town," said Dr. Jacqueline Shan, president, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of CV Technologies. "We aligned ourselves with Mark for the same reasons the Oilers and the City are saluting him: he is a proven winner who demonstrates terrific leadership skills and a dedication to community. Congratulations Mark!"