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Terriers and Portage Rotary Host Alumni Weekend

With great anticipation and a lot of planning, the Terriers along with the Portage Rotary hosted the Boston Bruins Alumni Friday night at Stride Place to play the Terriers Alumni in this their 50th Anniversary Season.

In front of a packed crowd the Bruins Alumni hit the ice with the likes of Terry O’Reilly, Ray Bourque and Al Iafrate to face a dozen of the Terriers’ Alumni coached by former Terrier and NHL’er Curt Ridley.

It was a great night for the community of Portage.

“I believe that we showcased Portage la Prairie in the best light possible. The Bruins Alumni made numerous comments about the quality of the arena, the hotel at Southport, the friendliness of the people, ┬áthe city itself, the organizing of the weekend and first rate quality of the entire weekend event.

The real winners at the end of the day are the those that receive the funds as they all go back into our community whether it be to the Portage Terriers or the many projects that Rotary Club of Portage la Prairie support. ” Preston Meier PR Director for the Portage Rotary

Following the Alumni Game Friday night, the Terriers held their Annual Sportsman’s Dinner and Auction at Canad inns Saturday evening in front of a packed house. With just shy of 400 people in attendance, there was a buzz about the evening.

Keynote speaker Ray Bourque spoke of his days in the NHL in Boston and finishing up his career in Colorado with the Avalanche, winning the Holy Grail of hockey, Lord Stanley’s Cup. Bourque invited his fellow alumni on stage for an open mic panel that included audience questions.

The evening concluded with the Terriers Auction that included a variety of sports related prizes that prompted the local community to bid fast and furious.

It was a successful night and great time for all involved. The Terriers along with the Rotary would like to thank all the local sponsors that continue to generously support and attend these events. The success is yours.