Toronto Marlies to Host 300 Canadian Forces at Nationally Broadcast Game

Marlies game to be broadcast live on CBC with Don Cherry to Drop Puck. First 3,000 fans at Ricoh Coliseum to Receive Cherry Bobblehead

TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - The AHL on CBC, featuring the Toronto Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, presented by Hockey Clean, will be broadcast live on the CBC on Sunday, March 21 to a national television audience. The puck drops at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be available to viewers in the United States on the NHL Network.

This game also marks the Marlies' second annual Salute to the Troops day. Marlies players will wear camouflage jerseys during the pre-game warm-up in honour of the thousands of men and women who proudly serve their country in the Canadian Forces. Fans will be able to bid on these jerseys during the game via silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Military Families Fund, Soldier On & the Hospital Comforts Fund.

The Marlies will host more than 300 Canadian Forces personnel at the game from CFB Borden, CFB Trenton, HMCS York and Land Force Central Area. The troops in attendance, some of whom served in Afghanistan, will enjoy the game from premium seating locations throughout the arena.

Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry will be participating in the ceremonial puck-drop prior to the game. The first 3,000 fans through the gates at Ricoh Coliseum will receive a free Don Cherry bobblehead.

At the conclusion of the game, all troops in attendance are invited to join the Marlies at centre ice for a photo opportunity.

A limited number of tickets are available for the Salute to the Troops game. Remaining tickets can be purchased online through www.torontomarlies.com or by calling 416.597.PUCK (7825).

SOURCE Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Trevor Van Knotsenburg, Media Relations, (416) 263-3922

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