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Life's a beach for NHLPA

It will be a day at the beach with current and former NHL stars on Friday.

The National Hockey League Players’ Association Community Celebration is a Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation fundraiser that will take place at Kalamalka Beach.

The family friendly event will include opportunities to collect player autographs, play beach volleyball and do some stand-up paddleboarding.

Broadcaster and former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey will emcee the event, and local recording artist Andrew Allen will perform.

Current and former NHL players attending include: Cam Atkinson, David Booth, Jason Chimera, Cory Cross, Byron Dafoe, Andrew Ference, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Scott Hartnell, Greg Hawgood, Kelly Hrudey, Curtis Lazar, Manny Malhotra, Dean McAmmond, Sandy Moger, Joe Reekie, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Jerred Smithson and Steve Webb.

The celebration is a collaboration between the NHLPA, City of Vernon, Predator Ridge Resort and the hospital foundation.

Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will include a donation of hockey equipment made from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund to local grassroots hockey programs.

Winners of an online auction for signed NHL jerseys will also be announced. 

Pre-purchased tickets are available with a suggested donation of $5 and provide entrants with a chance to win other signed NHL player jerseys, a chance to participate in special stand-up paddleboard events and a food and drink voucher. Tickets are available at the Vernon Visitor Information Centre, 3004 39th Ave., or the hospital foundation, 2101 32nd St. Cash-only purchases will also be available on the day of the event.

Free parking will be available at Okanagan College as nearby parking will be limited. Shuttle service will begin at 10 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave the beach at 4 p.m.

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