Hockey fans in the tri-state area will get the chance to see their favorite hockey stars on the ice together, all to benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort.
Thanks to the NHL Lockout, players have some extra time on their hands, so Caesars Atlantic City has partnered with All-Stars Brad Richards of the New York Rangers and Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers to bring a charity game to Atlantic City.
Taking place 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Boardwalk Hall, “Operation Hat Trick” will feature today’s stars from different teams all on the ice for an exhibition game sure to cure you of your hockey blues. Tickets are priced $20 to $100 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office and through Ticketmaster.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the American Red Cross, the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund and the Empire State Relief Fund.
Besides Hartnell and Richards, also expected to play are former Flyer Simon Gagne, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings; current Flyer Kimmo Timonen; Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers and surprise guests. Other guests playing on the ice or participating in the event include Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks; Jody Shelley, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn of the Flyers; former Flyer James van Reimsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Ville Leino of the Buffalo Sabres; Daniel Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks; Steve Eminger, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt and Jeff Halpern of the New York Rangers; John Carlson of the Washington Capitals; Steve Downie of the Colorado Avalanche; and James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“A roster of this magnitude reads as though Atlantic City is hosting the American and International All-Star hockey game of the year – all to benefit those in our region affected by Hurricane Sandy,” says Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment, in a statement. “I applaud the efforts of difference-makers like Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell, and the rest of these hockey-world superstars, as well as our phenomenal partners like the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Boardwalk Hall and Reebok.”
Richards and Hartnell will captain the teams through the charity game and hopefully raise much-needed funds for the coast.
“The lives that have been touched by the devastation are people in our own communities and the communities of our fans,” Hartnell says. “To have the opportunity to be able to raise money for the relief effort by participating in this game is an honor and we are asking fans of the tri-state area to assist in any way they can to help the communities and people affected.”