Thousands showed up Thursday to the CAA Centre to see NHL hockey players and Hall of Famers play in the inaugural Hockey Night in Brampton event supporting William Osler Health System.

The event was championed by Mayor Patrick Brown as a way to bring the community together and rally around a great cause. It was a massive success, raising $411,000 towards supporting the Cardiac program at William Osler with new equipment.

Brampton has a growing demographic that is at a greater than average risk of serious heart disease, so the support is timely and much needed.

A number of NHL Players and Hall of Fame inductees played in the game including Brampton-born star of the Calgary Flames, Sean Monahan who was captain of Team Brampton. Monahan is coming off of a breakout season where he tallied 34 goals and 48 assists for a total of 82 points in 78 games. Monahan has spent his entire six-season career with the Calgary Flames where he has scored 172 goals and 363 total points.

Calgary Flames star defenseman Mark Giordano also played in the game, as well as Leafs’ player Jason Spezza — who captained the second team. Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour and Dale Hawerchuk were on the ice too, along with All-stars Al Iafrate and Shayne Corson as well as Malcolm Subban, Brad May, Andrew Mangiapane, Tyler Graovac, Casey Cizikas, Tyler Randell, Brett Ritchie, Nick Ritchie, Scott Wedgewood, and Chris Terry.

Mayor Patrick Brown also played in the game scoring four goals, along with incoming Peel Regional Police Chief, Nish Duraiappah and Brampton’s Fire Chief, Bill Boyes.

Local celebrities Hazel McCallion and Superfan Nav were also in attendance at the event to drop the first puck.

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