DATE: Friday January 19, 2024
PLACE: The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Canadian Room
TIME: 7:00 pm

TICKETS: $250.00 plus HST / ticket

Jack Armstrong


Jack Armstrong enters his 26th season with the Raptors organization and will serve as the analyst on all TSN games. He has worked in the past as a radio analyst for the Raptors following a successful 14-year coaching career at the collegiate level.

In addition to his duties with the Raptors, Armstrong is a studio analyst at TSN for the NCAA Tournament, NBA Finals and NBA Draft; and a television analyst for NCAA basketball on CBS Sports Network, Comcast, Empire Sports Network, Fox Sports, MASN TV and New York/MSG while also working with ESPN’s regional coverage and the Atlantic 10 Conference TV Network. His commentating also extended to the WNBA where he worked for MSG on New York Liberty telecasts for two seasons. Armstrong hosted the popular radio show ‘The Game Plan’ on Sportsnet 590 the Fan (2008-10) and served as the television analyst for the 2002 FIBA Men’s World Basketball Championship.

Armstrong has received many accolades during his broadcasting career. He has been nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series four times (2017-20), winning on three occasions (2017-19). Armstrong’s 2017 award marked the first time a basketball analyst received this prestigious honour. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on Liberty telecasts on MSG TV Network during the 2002 season.

In 2022, Armstrong released his Holiday Album ‘Hello & Happy Holidays’ and sang at a Holiday Concert at the historic Danforth Music Hall. Proceeds from the concert and album sales helped to raise money for MLSE Foundation and Special Olympics Canada.

In the college circuit, Armstrong spent four years as an assistant basketball coach at Fordham University. He moved to Niagara University and served as an assistant coach for one season before being named head basketball coach of the Purple Eagles while also serving as assistant athletic director. His nine years as head coach was the third longest in school history and his 100 career wins rank fourth on the school’s all-time chart. Armstrong had his most successful season in 1992-93 when he led the Purple Eagles to a 23-7 record and a spot in the National Invitational Tournament. The accomplishments earned him Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and New York State Division I Coach of the Year awards. Despite his success on the court, Armstrong is still most proud of his 100 per cent player graduation rate during his stint as head coach.

He earned both a master’s degree in public communications and a bachelor’s degree in history from Fordham University. Jack and his wife, Dena, have three children, Kevin, Brian, and Timothy. He is an avid runner and has completed the New York, Chicago and Boston marathons. A proud Irishman, Armstrong was honoured as the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The “Gangway” cash bar, located in “The Ontario Room” will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Members and Guests are to be seated in the Canadian Room by 6:45 p.m. to receive Head Table Guests, the Silver Oar of the Admiralty, and the Service Ensigns.

Hotel Rooms/Stay Over:

Hotel reservations are to be made directly with the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel has established a special room rate for Marine Club members and guests wishing to stay at the hotel. The cost of rooms starts at $245.00 per night, single or double occupancy with limited availability. Please call the reservation desk at 1-800-663-7229 and identify yourself as a Marine Club Member or book your reservation through this website link: https://book.passkey.com/go/MARI0124003

This room rate is guaranteed for bookings made prior to December 17, 2023. Book now to confirm your room(s).

Note that all elevators in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel now require a room key to operate, this will include obtaining access to the hospitality suites, please ensure you bring your room key with you.


All tables are set for ten (10) people. All ticket requests must include a ticket order form. Please contact Mike Duchesne with your ticket orders, mduchesne@toromont.com. Payments can be made by credit card, online and by cheque. Cheques are to be made payable to “The Marine Club”. Mike will direct your payment options accordingly.

Members are encouraged to submit their ticket requests prior to December 23, 2023, as the table(s) will be assigned immediately thereafter. Tickets and table assignments after December 23rd will be subject to remaining availability.

Requests for tickets will not be accepted by telephone and tickets are not available at the door. Ticket refunds will not be granted after December 23, 2023.

Notice to Members: Nomination committee report for 2023-2024 will be distributed in late November.

The Marine Club will no longer be mailing out paper tickets for the Annual Dinner. Table assignments will be communicated by email and as such, an email address for all ticket purchases is required. Table assignments will also be posted at the entrance to the Canadian Room.

Health and Safety

The Marine Club and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel will follow all current provincial and municipal public health guidelines.

Wine orders

All wine orders must be sent to The Marine Club along with ticket order form. The Royal York Hotel will NOT be managing any wine pre-orders.

Food Allergies:

Please note that if you or your guests have a food allergy requiring a special meal, please indicate on your ticket order form and/or when making payment online.

The majority of the event’s proceeds will be contributed to The Marine Club’s “Good Works Program”.

Ticket Order forms to be returned to:

Mike Duchesne
The Marine Club
P.O. Box 2056
St. Catharines Ontario
L2R 7R7
Email: mduchesne@toromont.com


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