Where’s Dempster headed? The Wall of Excellence

by on November 23, 2012

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* Free-agent RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) will be only the fifth person to be named to f Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence presented by RBC Wealth Management  Jan. 12 …. 

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By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada’s National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 is an evening that you will not want to miss!

Ryan Dempster, Justin Morneau, Russell Martin and John Axford are just some of the many current and former Canadian Major League Baseball players that will be in attendance at the Renaissance Toronto Hotel at Rogers Centre in Toronto for the eleventh annual event.

The highlight of the evening will see 15-year MLB veteran and Gibsons, BC native Dempster becomes just the fifth member of Baseball Canada’s Wall of Excellence presented by RBC Wealth Management. He joins Larry Walker,  Justin Morneau, Joey Votto and Ernie Whitt.

“We have been fortunate in the past to receive great support from our alumni playing Major League Baseball as well as from personnel in both the professional baseball and corporate communities,” says Greg Hamilton, coach and Director of National Teams with Baseball Canada. “We look forward to celebrating a season of Canadian baseball excellence in an environment that fosters future National Team success.”

Other special guests attending the evening include Toronto Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos, former Blue Jay and two-time World Series champion Duane Ward and former Blue Jay and current National Team manager Ernie Whitt.

The banquet, which will once again take place in the Northern Lights Ballroom, serves as Baseball Canada’s primary fundraiser for the National Teams program.

Throughout the evening, Baseball Canada plans on honouring its National Teams and players both past and present. Baseball Canada will also honour the Most Valuable Player of both the junior and senior national teams as well as pay tribute to other notable contributors to the association in the form of alumni and special achievement awards.

In addition to the awards portion of the gala, an auction will take place featuring several popular and exclusive items. Past featured items included tickets to the MLB All-Star Game and to NCAA college football games, as well as an exclusive package offered by Dempster which includes a trip for four to see a four game series (at the home ballpark of Ryan’s 2013 club), three night hotel stay, two restaurant meals, bat boy for a game, pre-game batting practice and clubhouse tour with Ryan and autographed jerseys.   There will also be several autographed pieces of baseball memorabilia available.

Tickets to the event are $400 per person and tables of eight and 10 guests are also avialbale for purchase. Baseball Canada has registered charitable status.

For more information, please contact Greg Hamilton, Director of National Teams, at 613-748-5606 ext. 225 or via e-mail at


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Adam Morissette
Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston

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