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Erik Cole, NHL Players and Former Oswego State Lakers to Play Game July 23rd at SUNY Oswego Campus Center Ice Arena

Oswego, NY – Hockey enthusiasts will get a chance to see Oswego-native Erik Cole and other NHL and former Oswego State Laker hockey players up close and on the ice Saturday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Ice Arena.

Cole, a Stanley Cup Champion, U.S. Olympian and forward with the NHL Montreal Canadiens, will join former teammates Joe Corvo and Justin Peters, as well as Fulton-native Rob Schremp on the ice to showcase their hockey skills. Former Oswego State Laker Hockey Players Kyle McCutcheon, Brendan McLaughlin, Stephen Mallaro, Kyle Gunn-Taylor, Owen Kelly, and Matt Vashaw, as well as Dream Big Director Kevin Caraccioli and Bauer Hockey representative Tim Parr are also slated to participate.

The NHL Exhibition Game is part of the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf and Hockey Classic slated for this upcoming weekend in Oswego.

The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Cole to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

Admission is a donation of $5.00 per person for adults and children are free. A commemorative Dream Big wrist band will be provided upon entrance, and the admission price includes the NHL Player Exhibition game, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit, and The Zambonis concert, as well as a chance to win a game worn 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation NHL Player Autographed Jersey.

“What an incredible weekend we have scheduled at the Campus Center Ice Arena,” said Kevin Caraccioli, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf and Hockey Classic Event Organizer. “Not every day do you get to see Erik and other NHL players skate in person. Well here is a great chance to see them, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Zambonis and some great youth hockey players!”

According to Caraccioli, Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation merchandise will also be available for purchase, and concessions stands will be open on Saturday and Sunday at the Campus Center. The Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Zambonis will be in concert during the NHL Exhibition Game starting at 7 p.m.

“We really wanted to provide the kids and their families with an ‘all things hockey’ experience over the weekend,” said Cole. “And, I think we really accomplished that this year. “We welcome the community to come out to the Campus Center Ice Arena and support the Dream Big Foundation,” he added.
ERIK COLE
Erik Cole
is a native of Oswego, New York and current forward with the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is in his tenth NHL season and first with Montreal. Cole was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes as the 71st overall pick in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Cole played for Clarkson University and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL. After six years in Carolina, he was traded to Edmonton in July 2008, but re-acquired by Carolina in March 2009 as part of a three-team trade. Cole signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes in July 2009, and just this past month a 4-year contract with the Canadiens. Cole was a member of the 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes and represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005 and 2007 IIHF World Championships. Cole has played in 620 career NHL games and has 184 goals and 206 points during that tenure.

Erik Cole Fast Fact: Erik’s first youth hockey team was the Oswego Sub Shop.

JOE CORVO
Joe Corvo
was born in Oak Park, Illinois and was recently acquired by the Boston Bruins. He is in his ninth NHL season and first with Boston. Corvo, a defenseman, began his career in Los Angeles after being drafted by the LA Kings in the fourth-round draft pick (83rd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After two years with the Kings, Corvo signed a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators, before being traded in 2008 to the Carolina Hurricanes. While playing for the Hurricanes Corvo became the third defensemen in Hartford Whalers/Carolina franchise history to record a hat trick. After a brief stint with the Washington Capitols in 2010, Corvo returned to Carolina this past year, before being traded this past month to the Bruins. Corvo has played in 568 career NHL games and has 79 goals and 179 assists.

Joe Corvo Fast Fact: Joe was an outstanding baseball player and attended pro camps with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

ROB SCHREMP
Rob Schremp
is a native of Fulton, New York and played this past season for the Atlanta Thrashers (now known as the Winnipeg Jets) and New York Islanders. Schremp grew up in New York and then took his hockey career to Canada. He spent his major junior years in the Ontario Hockey League and then spent his rookie career as a Mississauga Ice Dog. After scoring 26 goals and 74 points, Schremp was named OHL Rookie of the Year in 2003. After a few games in the 2003-2004 season, Schremp became a London Knight and led them to their only Memorial Cup. In 2004 he was a first round pick (25th overall) in the NHL Entry Draft to the Edmonton Oilers. Schremp made his NHL debut during the 2006-07 season against the Minnesota Wild. After playing primarily with the Springfield Falcons during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he was claimed by the Islanders. Schremp had 10 goals and 12 assists in 45 games this past year before being acquired by Atlanta. Schremp has played in 114 career NHL games and has 20 goals and 34 assists.

Rob Schremp Fast Fact: Schremp scored what was nominated as the “Goal of the Year” in the NHL on January 6, 2010 at Colorado, when he caught a puck, released it from his glove and batted it out of mid-air over Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson.

JUSTIN PETERS

Justin Peters is a native of Blyth, Ontario, Canada and is currently a goalie in the Carolina Hurricane organization. He just completed his second season as the back up goalie to Cam Ward in Carolina. A 2004 Second Round Draft Pick (38th overall) by the Hurricanes, Peters first played in the Ontario Hockey League with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and the Plymouth Whalers. After being drafted in 2004, he started his professional career in 2006 with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, and their ECHL partner Florida Everblades. In 2010, Carolina called up Peters from the River Rats and Peters made his NHL goalie debut against the New York Islanders with a 3-1 win and 34 saves. Peters has played in 21 career NHL games with nine wins and 584 saves.

Justin Peters Fast Fact: Justin played for the Canadian team at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, stopping 9 of 11 shots in the second period of Canada’s 10-9 shootout victory.

For more information regarding the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 887-0256, or visit ecdreambig.com.

 

2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Features NHL Player Exhibition, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit and The Zambonis in Concert in Oswego on July 22-25

Oswego-native Erik Cole in action for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The 2006 Stanley Cup Champion and U.S. Olympian will return to Oswego on July 22-25 for the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Weekend.

Oswego, NY – The 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic once again will be held in Oswego on July 22-25 highlighted by NHL star and Oswego native Erik Cole, along with other NHL players participating in an NHL Player Exhibition, a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit and the musical group, The Zambonis, performing live, as well as the annual 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic and golf event.

New to this year’s event will be an NHL Player Exhibition scheduled for Saturday evening at the Campus Center Ice Arena, as Cole and other visiting NHL players including current and former Carolina Hurricanes teammates Joe Corvo, Justin Peters, and Andrew Hutchinson, as well as Fulton-native Robbie Schremp will showcase their talents for the community, while the popular hockey-themed musical group, The Zambonis, perform live.

Also new this year will be the Hockey Hall of Fame’s traveling exhibit. Direct from Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit will be on display at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. and continuing up until the NHL Player Exhibition.
The weekend will face off with the traditional 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, beginning on Friday, July 22 and skating through Sunday, July 24 at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego.  The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, July 25 at the Oswego Country Club.

“I am so proud of the progress we have made with the Dream Big Foundation, and how our annual weekend outing continues to broaden with activity,” said Cole. “The introduction of the NHL Player Exhibition, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit, and the music of The Zambonis, will be great additions this year.  Last year’s golf and hockey classic was a tremendous success.  The incredible support for our organization and its mission from the Oswego and Central New York communities, as well as all of our generous sponsors including Pathfinder Bank and Bauer, continue to help grow the weekend and make it a huge success each and every year.” The 2006 Stanley Cup champion and U.S. Olympian and his wife, Emily, established the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation in 2007. The non-profit organization was created to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

NHL PLAYER EXHIBITION
The Campus Center Ice Arena will take center stage on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m., as Cole takes the ice with many of his NHL friends and teammates to show off their unique talents during an exhibition game. Several more players along with Corvo, Peters, Hutchinson and Schremp are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME EXHIBITION
The Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit will provide spectators with an interactive and informative showcase of “all things hockey” on Saturday. Exhibits from Toronto will be showcased in this unique opportunity for hockey fans of all ages. Included in the exhibit will be two trophies on permanent display at the Hall of Fame, a large selection of memorabilia, and interactive games for young and old.  Admission is a donation of $5.00 per person for adults.  Children are free. Additionally, the admission price includes the NHL Player Exhibition game and The Zambonis concert, as well as a chance to win a game worn 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation NHL Player Autographed Jersey.

THE ZAMBONIS IN CONCERT
Also adding to the festivities on Saturday evening, the popular hockey-themed musical group, The Zambonis, will perform at the Campus Center during the NHL Player Exhibition. They will perform hockey favorites including “I Want to Drive the Zamboni” and “Hockey Monkey.”  Led by front man Dave Schneider, The Zambonis are no strangers to Oswego as they performed during the 2008 Harborfest and will add the perfect soundtrack for the evening event.

YOUTH HOCKEY CLASSIC
The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic will once again show off the skills of youth hockey players from across Central New York and beyond as Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam divisions will be offered. The USA Hockey sanctioned event will have each team play four games during the weekend with the puck being dropped for the first round on Friday evening, July 22.  Included once again this year will be four sled (sledge) hockey teams returning for the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic.
“The hockey competition has been everything we’ve hoped it would be when we introduced it a few years back,” said Cole.  “The sledge division continues to showcase an amazing pool of talent, and allows these dedicated athletes a venue to also exhibit their skills and love for the game.”
Sledge hockey, commonly known as sled hockey in the United States, was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation center. The sport was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play ice hockey and it has grown to be one of the most popular sports in Paralympic Games.
Registration information is available online at www.ecdreambig.com. All participants will receive team jerseys and the games are free for all spectators to enjoy.

GOLF CLASSIC
According to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli, Pathfinder Bank once again will sponsor this year’s golf tournament. Cole, and numerous other players and celebrities will be on hand again this year.

“As always, I look forward to some friendly competition on the golf course again this year, and having it all capped off with the cocktail party, dinner and auctions afterwards,” said Cole. “Obviously, none of this could be done without all the volunteers and everyone who comes out to participate and support a great cause.  I am sincerely thankful to all.”

The golf event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format.  Corporate teams will receive 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $50 per person.

Pathfinder Bank, Bauer, the Carolina Hurricanes organization, the NHL, NHLPA, and other local supporters have provided for a variety of on-course activities, as in previous years.

A light breakfast and coffee for the hockey and golf events will be served, as well as lunch at the turn during the golf tournament.

For more information, contact the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation at (315) 887-0256, visit www.ecdreambig.com, the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Facebook page, or email erikcoledreambig@gmail.com.

2010 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Set For This Weekend

Bill Greene, Jr., Tim Graber and Lisa Phillips are shown pictured holding a thank you banner that was presented to Erik Cole by the Oswego Minor Hockey Association at last year’s Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic. The banner is now hanging in his honor at the Crisafulli Ice Rink in Oswego. An Oswego-native and NHL Hockey Player with the Carolina Hurricanes, Cole will be in his hometown this upcoming weekend for his annual fundraising golf tournament and 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic.

OSWEGO, New York – Plans are set for this year’s 2010 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic to be held this upcoming weekend in Oswego, according to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli.

The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic returns once again this year on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego, and the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, August 2nd at the Oswego Country Club.

The field of teams for both the youth hockey classic and golf tournament have been filled according to Caraccioli. Dinner/silent auction tickets for Monday evening are still available.

New to this year’s event will be an additional division in the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic for Sled Hockey teams. Four teams will compete in the new division.

The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Oswego-native, NHL hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion, and U.S. Olympian Erik Cole. The non-profit organization was created to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

“We’re looking forward to a great upcoming weekend for the Oswego community and the Dream Big Foundation,” said Cole. “We’ve added some additional activities, celebrities, and new corporate partners this year, and appreciate everyone’s support of our annual fundraising effort.”

“We’re especially grateful for the continued support from our event sponsors Pathfinder Bank and Nike/Bauer for their assistance in helping us grow this weekend once again this year,” he added.

NEW SLED HOCKEY DIVISION IN THE 3-ON-3 YOUTH HOCKEY CLASSIC

Four sled (sledge) hockey teams will join the weekend activities in an additional division of the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic tournament on Saturday, July 31st and Sunday, August 1st at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.

Sledge hockey, commonly known as sled hockey in the US, was invented in the early 1960’s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation center. The sport was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play ice hockey and it has grown to be one of the most popular sports in Paralympic Games.

The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation and Move Along, Inc., a non-profit group based in Liverpool, New York, have partnered to include the sled hockey team division in this year’s hockey tournament. Move Along, Inc., and founder/Oswego-native Greg Callen, provide adaptive recreational opportunities for people who live with physical disabilities in Central New York.

“We’re very excited to add these wonderful and dedicated athletes to our event,” said Cole.

YOUTH HOCKEY CLASSIC

The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, which is supported in part by the Oswego Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), is a USA Hockey sanctioned event, and will once again hit the ice for OMHA Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam participants. Each team will play 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday.

Complete tournament rules and game schedules are available upon request by contacting Hockey Classic Tournament Coordinator Tim Graber at (315) 591-2906 or by emailing GraberT@aol.com.

All participants will receive team jerseys. The games are free for all spectators to enjoy.

“The Campus Center Ice Arena on the SUNY Oswego Campus will once again provide a great setting for our area hockey players and this community to enjoy some great competition,” Cole said. “We have a wonderful group of participants and coaches involved in the hockey classic, and we’re really looking forward to it.”

GOLF CLASSIC

According to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli, this year’s golf tournament is once again sponsored by Pathfinder Bank, and will showcase Cole, as well as other NHL players, national and regional media, and local celebrities. Celebrities committed thus far include: Carolina Hurricane Teammates Joe Corvo and Chad LaRose; Carolina Hurricanes Play-by-Play Television Announcer John Forslund, New York Islander and Fulton-native Rob Schrempf; XM Radio’s “Home Ice” Shawn Levigne and Jamie Shalley; and TK99/105’s Gomez and Dave.

The golf event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format, and corporate teams will receive 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $50 per person.

Breakfast, registration and goodie bag pickup, as well as use of the Oswego Country Club Driving Range and Putting Green will be available from 9-11 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, an awards presentation, and live auction starting at 6 p.m.

Tim Horton’s will provide a light breakfast and coffee for both the hockey and golf events, and the Oswego Sub Shop has agreed to serve lunch at the turn during the golf tournament for the sixth straight year.

According to Caraccioli, as in years past there will also be a variety of on course activities, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes. The Carolina Hurricanes, have figured heavily in this event, as well as the NHL, NHLPA, Nike/Bauer, and local supporters including Pathfinder Bank, the event sponsor.

“We’re really looking forward to a wonderful weekend of hockey, and a great day of golf on Monday,” said Caraccioli, “And, once again thank you to all of the local sponsorship support and volunteers who have stepped up to help with the tournament and its success.”

For more information regarding the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 343-1939, or email erikcoledreambig@gmail.com.

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