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February 3, 2016

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Montreal Canadiens’ Alumni team member and a winner of three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, Mathieu Dandenault autographed hockey cards for the public at Scotiabank in Russell on Fri., Jan. 29, as part of promotion for a Hawkesbury General Hospital fundraiser game on Feb. 20. Shown are from left, Keiran Marchessault, Reilly Marchessault, Dandenault and Nicolas Marion. Vetter photo

Dandenault in Russell for HGH

Candice Vetter

Villager Staff

RUSSELL — Retired hockey veteran Mathieu Dandenault was at the Scotiabank in Russell on Fri., Jan. 29, signing autographs and promoting ticket sales as part of a fundraiser for the Hawkesbury General Hospital.

The three-time Stanley Cup winner played forward and defence for the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings for 13 NHL seasons, as well as winning a gold medal as member of Team Canada at the 2003 World Hockey Championships in Finland. He also played for Asiago of the Italian Hockey League, and the Hartford Wolf Pack until his retirement in 2010 due to injuries. He started with the Sherbrooke Faucons. He was also a participant on Battle of the Blades in 2013.

Dandenault is active in charity fundraising, especially for hospitals, including the HGH’s current fundraising campaign.

To participate in the Canadiens’ Hawkesbury Night, regular tickets for the Habs alumni vs. Scotiabank and HGH game are $20 each, and VIP tickets, which include a private cocktail hour with the players, are $100. The game takes place on Sat., Feb. 20, at the Robert Hartley Sports Complex in Hawkesbury. In the afternoon, former NHL players will run a training session at a cost of $25.

The HGH campaign’s goal is to raise funds to pay for the replacement of a CT Scan machine and to buy a new MRI machine, which the hospital does not currently have. The hospital’s redevelopment project, like that of Winchester District Memorial Hospital, stresses help close to home.

Game and training session tickets can be purchased online at hghfoundation.org , by calling Pierre-Luc Byham, Executive Direction of the HGH Foundation at 613-632-1111, ext. 21100, or at Scotiabank branches in Russell, Vankleek Hill or Hawkesbury.