Mayor Stephen Mandel proclaimed that June 28 will be a day for Edmonton to honour
its heroes.

The proclamation is in connection with the Hockey Canada Foundation Celebrity Classic Gala at Commonwealth Stadium held on Monday, which will celebrate not only Canada’s hockey teams but its Armed Forces as well.

“It’s all about celebrating the wonders of our country,” Mandel said. “I just want to encourage everyone (to come) ... it’s going to be a great (event).”

Sixty-one of the 64 members of the 2010 men’s and women’s Olympic hockey teams and the 2010 women’s Under-18 hockey team will be in attendance.

Along with the athletes, 1,500 to 2,000 members of the Armed Forces and their families will be seated on the field.

“It would be a shame if we didn’t make this a special thing for the city,” said Doug Goss, chairman of the event. “The show is going to be three hours of action ... it will be a once in a lifetime event.”

Some of the attendees include women’s Olympic captain Jessica Campbell, overtime hero Sidney Crosby, and men’s Olympic general manager Steve Yzerman.

“Sidney Crosby moved mountains to be here,” said Goss. “This is the only time the men’s team will (all) be together. There’s no reason not to be there.”

Tickets are $10 for the event and around 25,000 tickets are still available.

Despite his overwhelming popularity in Edmonton, Chris Pronger will not be able to attend.