The Highline Hall in Wellington was filled with lots of laughter and hockey nostalgia Saturday night.
Over 200 people gathered for the Roast of Dennis Hull, where a group of ex-NHL players and well-known comedians came together to share stories and tell jokes about the life and career of the guest of honour.
Dennis Hull, known as the “Silver Jet” to brother Bobby’s “Golden Jet”, spent 14 years in the NHL, primarily with the Chicago Blackhawks and also spent time with the Detroit Red Wings. He was also a member of the famous 1972 Canadian Summit Series team.
Hull was born in Point Anne, a former town that is now apart of the city of Belleville as a hamlet and is currently a standup comedian and operates a cattle farm near Cobourg.
Comedians Pat MacDonald, Patrick Coppolino and Gerry Hall all got their turn at roasting Hull and several NHL alumni also took in the entertainment. They included; Rick Vaive, Al Iafrate, Jamie Allison, John Druce, Derek Smith, Steve Bancroft and Bryan Muir, who was also the emcee of the event.
Speaking to Quinte News, Vaive says it was good to see Hull, a noted funny man even in his playing days, on the receiving end of many of the jokes for a change.
The event was presented by the Wellington Dukes and a select number of players were serving dinner and refreshments to the attendees.
The team’s VP of hockey operations Randy Uens says it was great to have Hull out for such a unique and special night.
A dinner, auction and a musical performance by Jamie Allison were also apart of the evening.
All proceeds from the event will go to support Camp Maple Leaf, a not-for profit camp for children of Canadian Military families.