Hockey Night In Ottawa with Elliotte Friedman

After participating in Maccabi Canada’s Sports Unplugged, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman (Hockey Night in Canada) has graciously agreed to lead a “hot stove” sports panel in Ottawa.Special guests were Ottawa Senator players Colin Greening, Zach Smith and Jim O’Brien, and local media personality Don Brennan from the Ottawa Sun.

The two co-Chairs, Charles Schachnow and Brian Bailey organized an intimate “evening to remember” by creating the right ambiance coupled with great food and perfect weather.Over 40 guests attended the evening at a minimum donation of $540 each.

All monies raised that evening went to Maccabi Canada’s “Adopt An Athlete” fund which helps deserving athletes that can’t otherwise experience the magic of Israel through sport. The event was held in the beautiful backyard of Alicia and Brian Bailey, proud parents of Jason Bailey, former Mighty Ducks draft choice and Calder Cup Binghamton Senators winner who recruited the NHL players.

Charles and Brian opened the events as co-Chairs and welcomed everyone, followed by Bill Izso, Ottawa’s Regional Chair and national executive member.Bill talked about the mission and values of Maccabi Canada and the importance that the Maccabi experience can play in developing future leaders.

Tommy Bacher, national President shared his experiences from previous games and the magic that is being part of a Canadian delegation participating in an elite sports event with participants from across Canada and from 70 countries around the world.

Elliotte Friedman provided his fascinating insight into the upcoming potential NHL lock-out and the labor/owner situation, and then facilitated a panel discussion with the players and media. Guests had an opportunity to ask Elliotte and other panel members questions and interact with them.

With less than a year to go before the Games, this event was a tremendous success to establish awareness and create excitement for the Ottawa Region and Maccabi Canada.