This Thursday August 24th, hockey royalty will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Ottawa Champions game, for a good cause. Walter Gretzky will toss to his grandson Trevor Gretzky as the Champions host the Trois-Rivières Aigles at RCGT Park.
Trevor is indeed The Great One’s son, and plays outfield for the Aigles, while his grandfather Walter is the honorary celebrity for Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad. Walter will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans during the game. The game’s 50/50 proceeds will be donated to the Ride for Dad’s Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, which raises awareness of prostate cancer testing and men’s health. Gretzky has been involved with the event over recent years, in various Canadian cities.
Trevor Gretzky, who was originally selected in the seventh round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, is in his second season in the CanAm League, hitting .225 for the Aigles with two homeruns and 35 RBI. He was released after two years in the MLB minor leagues, and has spent both his CanAm seasons in Québec. Wayne has been known to catch games from the stands.
The Champions have had a roller coaster season, and are still fighting for the last of four playoff spots, only three games behind the 4th place team. Two homestands remain before the season ends, so take advantage of the recent good weather to catch some great baseball. Wayne is not expected to be at the game, but why not keep an eye out anyway? Thursday’s game will sadly be the last Dollar Hot Dog Night of the season, so come with an appetite! Expect the ceremonial pitch at 7:05, and I recommend getting to the park early for prime seats (and lots of hot dogs).
Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $5 for youth. Parking is $5. RCGT Park is located at 300 Coventry Road, directly off the 417 with access to the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge and Transitway.