It's not a replay of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to be sure, but Saturday night in Atlantic City, a group of NHL players, including New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur, David Clarkson and Andy Greene, will take to the ice at Boardwalk Hall for a benefit hockey game.
The event is billed as "Operation Hat Trick" and will raise money for the Empire State Relief Fund, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the American Red Cross. Much of Atlantic City was ravaged by flooding during the recent "superstorm."
Former Flyer Todd Fedoruk has been the recruiter for the game and has done a pretty nice job getting players involved. He appeared on Comcast SportsNet Tuesday evening to talk about Operation Hat Trick and said he hopes to add to the current rosters.
In addition to Brodeur, Clarkson and Greene, who somewhat ironically, will play for Team Philly, others participating include current Flyers Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell and Jody Shelley. Rounding out the roster are John Carlson, Steven Stamkos, Daniel Carcillo, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, James van Riemsdyk and Steve Downie.
They will be opposed by Team New York, which consists of Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Steve Eminger, Marc Staal, Brad Richards and Brian Boyle and augmented with Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Ville Leino, Jeff Halpern, James Neal, Matt Martin and Taylor Pyatt.
Want to go? Tickets for the 7 p.m. faceoff are available at the Broadwalk Hall box office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-736-1420. Prices range from $20 to $100. Not a bad price because the proceeds go to a good cause and it will provide a hockey fix.
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