Weir to help Sting kick off new OHL season

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ont., hits a drive on the second hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (David J. Phillip/The Associated Press) David J. Phillip / AP

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Eight-time PGA Tour winner Mike Weir will join the Sarnia Sting for their season opener Friday, Sept. 20.

Fans can take photos with the 2003 Masters champion from Bright’s Grove and get his autograph from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside the main gate at Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

There’s no charge, but donations are requested for Weir’s Chip-In Challenge for Mental Health. He is trying to raise $400,000 for a youth mental health facility in Sarnia.

The Mike Weir Foundation will match up to $200,000 in donations for an Access Open Minds site.

The Sting will honour Weir with a video tribute and ceremonial faceoff before they play the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:05 p.m. in their Ontario Hockey League opener.

The pre-game festivities will also include music, games, food (hamburgers and hotdogs), and drinks.

Go to mikeweir.com for more on the Chip-In Challenge for Mental Health.

 

Hjorth scores again

Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth scored for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 5-4 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third-place game Tuesday at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

Hjorth had two goals and a team-best plus-five rating in four tournament games.

Sting forwards Brayden Guy and Ryan McGregor had no points for the Blue Jackets in four and two games, respectively.

Sting forward Sean Josling picked up two assists in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in the seventh-place game.

Josling tied for second on the Blackhawks with three points, including a goal, in three games.

Sting forward Sam Bitten had no points in three games for the Wild.

At Nashville, Tenn., Sting forward Jamieson Rees had no points for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators in the NHL Prospects Showcase.

Rees scored once in the tournament as the Hurricanes went 1-2-0.

 

Three games to go

The Sting are 1-1-0-0 in the pre-season with three games left.

They’ll host the Soo Greyhounds at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Chatham Memorial Arena. Tickets are $10 plus HST in advance, or $11.95 plus HST at the door.

Children can skate with the players after the game.

The Sting will also play a home-and-home series with the Spitfires at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Progressive Auto Sales Arena and 2 p.m. Sunday at Windsor’s WFCU Centre.

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