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Big stars hit the ice for free Family Day figure skating show

'In The Nick of Time' is a family event organized in memory of Nicholas Lambden

Some of the biggest names in the history of Canadian figure skating will be in Guelph Monday putting on a free show at the Sleeman Centre.

Called 'In The Nick Of Time,' the Family Day figure skating event takes place at 6 p.m. with a star-studded lineup that includes three-time Canadian men's champion Emanuel Sandhu.

The figure skating show is in memory of Nicholas Lambden, who died tragically 10 years ago after he was struck in the head by a puck while playing with friends at an outdoor rink.

The Nicholas Lambden Children Foundation is presenting the show.

"Family Day is very close to the anniversary and we always intended to do something on the 10th anniversary," says Nick's mom Sue Lambden.

"We wanted to do a community event, something families could enjoy," she said.

In addition to Sandhu, the show features Olympic bronze medalist and European champion Jozef Sabovcik, U.S. National silver medalist Richard Dornbush, U.S. bronze medalist Dan Hollander, U.S. Open champion - and the first woman to perform back flip - Rory Flack and many others.

The event will be hosted by Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley.

There will be a special group performance by skaters from the Guelph Figure Skating Club.

The skaters are arriving in Guelph on Saturday and practicing at the University of Guelph to prepare for the 40 minute choreographed show.

"It's for the children of Guelph," said Nick's father Andrew Lambden, adding that the message about the importance of helmet safety while on the ice will also be present.

Members of Nick's old hockey team, who have stayed in touch with the family over the years, will also be on hand.

"It's special for them too," said Sue Lambden, who has stayed in touch with several of her son's old friends. "It's a way for them to remember Nick."

'In The Nick Of Time' is also sponsored by Terra View Custom Homes, the Guelph Storm, City of Guelph, Royal Bank of Canada and TD Canada Trust.