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Chris Neil Day scheduled

Chris Neil Day scheduled


A day has been set aside to honour local hockey hero, Chris Neil. Flesherton Minor Hockey President Rob Reed said the date of Saturday, June 23 was confirmed with Neil over the Christmas holidays and an event will be held at the Flesherton & District Arena and possibly the Flesherton Kinplex.

Details of the event are still being formulated but could include a baseball tournament, ball hockey and dinner with funds raised for Rogers House, an Ottawa-based facility created 11 years ago in honour of Hockey Hall of Fame coach Roger Neilson. It is a cause near and dear to Neil's heart as it provides support and accommodation to families of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Chris Neil announced his retirement from the NHL on December 14, 2017. A graduate of the Flesherton Minor Hockey system, Neil played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife Caitlin and their three children Hailey, Cole and Finn.

Reed will meet with Grey Highlands Council to finalize details of the event. At this time, no further details have been confirmed.

Anyone with questions or an interest in volunteering at the event, can email Reed at

Related: Hometown hockey hero Chris Neil retires at 38


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