Hunter said the Long Pond Heritage Classic was originally scheduled for Jan. 28, but they changed it to accommodate Bourque, who is participating in a special NHL function in Los Angeles that weekend.
“They selected the top 100 hockey players and Ray just happens to be one of them,” said Hunter.
Bourque, who holds several NHL records including most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman, was booked to come to the event a year in advance, Hunter said.
“I think any hockey player or any kid that seen him play, has to like Ray Bourque. He's just a great guy all around.”
Bourque played with the Boston Bruins for 21 years and finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche, where they won the Stanley Cup.
Hunter said the line up of all-stars that participate in the tournament and evening banquet just keeps getting better.
Since the inception of the Long Pond Heritage Classic in 2011, they have had such celebrity athletes as Guy Lafleur, Glenn Anderson, Mike Krushelnyski, Rick Middleton and Ric Nattress visit the site.
Hunter says he already has his sights set on 2018 – and intends to finally bring some Toronto Maple Leafs to town.
“Next year, I promise Toronto Maple Leafs will be in our celebrities,” said Hunter, who is a diehard Toronto fan.
“There's only one team in Canada that wear the maple leaf like the rest of Canada.”