Lions Club brings Olympic medalist to Blyth for autograph signing on July 15
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Justin Peters, the Blyth native who won bronze earlier this year as a member of Canada’s Oympic men’s hockey team, will be in Blyth on July 15 to spend some time with youth from the area.
The Blyth Lions Club will be hosting the afternoon, which invites locals to come and meet Peters just months after he and his team beat the Czech Republic to claim the bronze medal in Gangneung, South Korea.
Those attending are welcome to bring their own memorabilia for Peters to sign or the Lions Club will be providing a limited number of photographs for children to have signed as well. Children are also welcome to have their picture taken with Peters at the event.
The Lions will also be hosting a hot dog barbecue at the event, which will be held at Lions Park in Blyth. The club will be collecting a goodwill offering with all proceeds going to the Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey Association.
After growing up in the Blyth Minor Hockey system, Peters played for the Huron-Perth Lakers before moving on to the Ontario Hockey League, the American Hockey League (AHL) and the East Coast Hockey League before making his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in the 2009/2010 season, playing in nine games for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Peters then spent much of the following years in the NHL, playing for the Hurricanes and then the Washington Capitals.
He would then return to the AHL with the Hershey Bears before a short stint back in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes before playing in Europe, first in Latvia and then in Germany.
Peters has represented his country on a number of occasions in his younger years before being told that he was on Team Canada’s radar late last year when it was determined that NHL players would not be participating in the South Korea Olympics in 2018. He served as the team’s third goalie throughout the tournament and spent the final games of the tournament on the bench playing behind Kevin Poulin after top goalie Ben Scrivens went down with an injury.
Peters will be at Blyth Lions Park on Sunday, July 15 from 3-5 p.m. with all proceeds from the event going towards the Blyth Brussels Minor Hockey Association.