Hockey 911, a major fundraising evening put on last week by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, attracted 450 people to the snazzy 1909 Taverne Moderne next to the Bell Centre. The unique format of storytelling followed the same path as a hockey game, which included a warm-up, three periods, intermissions and an overtime. The dynamic Michel Lacroix served as PA announcer and entertainer Gregory Charles did a standout job with the interviews.
Canadiens hockey greats Bob Gainey, Chris Nilan, Trent McCleary, Serge Savard, Scotty Bowman and Yvan Cournoyer joined legendary Habs physician Dr. David Mulder and former team physician Dr. Eric Lenzner on stage to reminisce on memorable moments, some tragic and some humorous, of the long-standing relationship between the Habs and the hospital. The evening also served as a tribute to the late Dr. Douglas Kinnear, who tended to the team’s medical needs through 12 Stanley Cup victories. The stories told at this event were quite simply fascinating, just about guaranteeing a sequel for 2020. McCleary shared the moment Dr. Mulder saved his life after he got hit in the throat by a puck.
Dr. Mulder served as the evening’s co-chair with Andrew Molson and Francois-Xavier Seigneur and an organizing Committee of Charles, Dr. Gregory Berry, Dr. Dan Deckelbaum and Dr. Tarek Razek. They were serving up Bell Centre hot dogs, burgers, poutine and chicken wings before and during the event, complete with an open bar. Charles kept the crowd respectfully quiet, with the intermissions opening the door for banter. Spotted among the crowd was former Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Senator Tony Loffreda, Dr. Mitchell Bernstein, ICRF President Geoffrey Bernstein, Habs owner Geoff Molson, ALDO Group COO Matthew L. Marchand, CHOM”s Terry DiMonte and his wife, Bell Media promotions guru Jessica Dionne and MUHC GI Chief Dr. Alain Bitton.
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