The Calgary Hitmen are continuing to honor Bret Hart.
The WWE Hall of Famer was one of the founding owners of the club and his wrestling persona served as the inspiration when naming the team. Though he hasn't owned the club in 24 years, that distinction now belongs to the Calgary Flames, the WHL team hasn't forgotten their roots.
Yesterday, the team announced that the second annual Bret Hart game will take place on March 5, 2022, when the Hitmen take on their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oil Kings. The team is also partnering with PWA (Prairie Wrestling Alliance) for a post-game wrestling event for fans to attend.
The special event is also in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Center of Calgary. The Hitmen will be wearing a special Bret Hart themed jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Centre. In 2016, Hart announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but thanks to early detection and treatment was able to beat it.
The team issued the following press releases:
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club have set the date for the second annual Bret “Hitman” Hart game in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Center of Calgary. The date is set for Saturday, March 5, 2022.
The Hitmen are also excited to announce the return of their partnership with the Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA) for Battle In The Dome II, a post-game wrestling event for fans who attend the game.
“PWA is proud to once again partner with the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, Calgary Prostate Centre” says PWA CEO Kurt Sorochan. “Last year’s event was a huge success raising awareness for the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre. PWA is honoured to celebrate one of the greatest wrestlers in history, the best there is, was, and ever will be, Bret “Hitman” Hart.”
The Calgary Hitmen will take on the Edmonton Oil Kings for a 2:00 p.m. start, wearing a special Bret Hart themed jersey. The game worn jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Centre.
The Hitmen hope to see hockey and wrestling fans from all over Alberta in attendance. Tickets can be purchased here.
Bret Hart was recently a guest on WWE's The Bump and spoke at length about his match at Survivor Series 1996 and his decision to take time off following WrestleMania XII. You can find those comments here.