Celeb roster released for 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic

The countdown is on to the summer's hippest party and fundraiser in town

With just one week to go until the 2011 Courtnall Celebrity Classic mental health fundraiser hits Victoria and Oak Bay, a number of additions have been made to the star-studded guest list.

“Since we first announced the Classic last January, the town has been abuzz with celebrity attendee speculations,” said co-organizer Russ Courtnall in a release.

“We’ve kept it pretty tightlipped until now, due to the unpredictability of celeb schedules. Today, I’m happy to finally announce the stars of this year’s fundraiser. Of course there’s always the possibility of last-minute changes or additions, but this list gives you a pretty good idea of the high-calibre guests you’ll see at the Classic.

The event runs from July 22 to 24 and includes a fundraising dinner, silent and live auction and celebrity golf tournament at the Victoria Golf Club. For more information , visit www.courtnallclassic.org.

The list ranges from current and former hockey professionals to musicians and TV and movie personalities. The list to date is as follows:

•  Greg “Gus” Adams – retired NHL winger, played for Vancouver during the ’94 Stanley Cup

•  Jamie Benn – current NHL forward, plays for Dallas Stars

•  Mitch Berger – free agent football punter, Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Champion (2009)

•  Doug Bodger – retired NHL defenseman, played for Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose and more

•  Neal Broten – retired NHL centre, played for Los Angeles, Minnesota and New Jersey

•  Valeri Bure – retired NHL winger, played for Montreal, Calgary, Dallas and more

•  Candace Cameron Bure – actress, played D. J. Tanner on Full House and stars on Make It Or Break It

•  Kelly Chase – retired NHL winger, current radio sportscaster

•  Matthew Craven – Canadian actor, films include X-Men: First Class, Disturbia and The Pacific

•  Dave Ellett – retired NHL defenseman, played for Winnipeg, Toronto, Boston, St. Louis and more

•  Paul Ernster – free agent football punter, drafted by Denver Broncos in ’05 NFL Draft

•  Don Felder – former lead guitarist for the Eagles

•  Jennifer Finnigan – actress, films include Conception and The Bold and the Beautiful

•  Alan Frew – Juno Awards winner, Grammy nominee and lead singer of Glass Tiger

•  Kevin Gogan – retired NFL guard, played for Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and more

•  Chris Hetherington – retired NFL fullback, played for Indianapolis, St. Louis, Oakland and more

•  Cale Hulse – retired NHL defenseman, played for New Jersey, Calgary, Nashville and more

•  Jeff Jackson – former NHL player and assistant GM to the Toronto Maple Leafs

•  Jim Jerome – radio talk show host of Three Guys on the Radio

•  Donny Lalonde – retired Canadian professional boxer, nicknamed “Golden Boy”

•  Reed Larson – retired NHL defenseman, played for Detroit, Boston, Edmonton and more

•  Ian Leggatt – retired Canadian professional golfer

•  Ron MacLean – co-host of Hockey Night in Canada

•  Manny Malhotra – current NHL centre, plays for Vancouver Canucks

•  Tom Martin – retired NHL winger, played for Winnipeg, Hartford and Minnesota

•  Kirk McLean – retired NHL goaltender, played for Vancouver, Florida, New York and more

•  Willie Mitchell – current NHL defenseman, plays for Los Angeles Kings

•  Lochlyn Munro – Canadian actor, films include Freddy vs. Jason and Scary Movie

•  Torsten Neumann – co-founder and director of the Oldenburg International Film Festival

•  Kraig Nienhuis – retired NHL winger, played for Boston

•  Gena Lee Nolin – actress and model, appeared on The Price is Right and Baywatch

•  Gary Nylund – retired NHL defenseman, played for Toronto, Chicago and New York

•  Ryan O’Byrne – current NHL defenseman, plays for the Colorado Avalanche

•  Matthew Pettinger – former NHL Canucks winger, currently plays for DEL

•  Aaron Pritchett – Canadian country music singer

•  Jonathan Silverman – actor, films include Weekend at Bernie’s and Death Becomes Her

•  Brad ‘Motor City Smitty’ Smith – retired NHL player, played for Vancouver, Detroit, and Toronto

•  Bill Smitrovich – actor, films include The Rum Diary and Seven Pounds

•  P. J. Stock – retired NHL winger, played for New York, Montreal, Boston and more

•  Deborah Unger – Canadian actress, films include Silent Hill, Thirteen and Crash

•  Todd Zeile – retired MLB player, played for New York Mets, New York Yankees and more

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