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NHL stars returning to Kelowna to hit home runs for JoeAnna’s House

Josh Gorges, left, and Blake Comeau are back with the second annual Gorges-Comeau HOMEBASE Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament.
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KELOWNA - At least half a dozen current and former NHL stars will headline the Second Annual Gorges-Comeau HOMEBASE Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament in June.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be back,” Josh Gorges said in a news release. “This city has given me so much. I’m just thrilled to give something in return. And to have fun with some friends and members of the community at the same time … it’s a win-win.”

Gorges is a former Kelowna Rockets captain who recently retired from the NHL after playing in Buffalo and Montreal.

Blake Comeau with the Dallas Stars is the other spokesperson. He set the home run record at the fundraising tourney last year.

The list of confirmed NHL players who will participate includes Carey Price, Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Luke Schenn with more announcements coming soon.

The tournament kicks off Friday, June 28 with an all-star match and autograph signing, followed by tournament play all day Saturday.

Last year’s event raised more than $117,000 to help build JoeAnna’s House. The additional money raised will be used to fund ongoing operations of the facility.

Construction of JoeAnna’s House should be complete by the end of this year. Once opened, it will provide accommodation for out of town families who care for loved ones at KGH, which is the largest referral hospital in the B.C. interior, serving about one million residents.

“JoeAnna’s House is an example of how great this community is,” Brendan Willis, branch manager from the event’s presenting sponsor Raymond James, said in the news release. “When we work together with the KGH Foundation to build and soon operate a home like JoeAnna’s House, we’re showing what this community is capable of.”

Team registration is now open. For more information, visit the KGH Foundation website here.

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