Members of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will join other locked out National Hockey League players in a charity game to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The Rangers’ Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen, and former Flyer Simon Gagne, now with the Los Angeles Kings, are among the players who will participate in the Nov. 24 game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to the Facebook page for the event, titled “Operation Hat Trick.”
Proceeds from the game, which is presented by Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, will benefit the American Red Cross, the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund and the Empire State Relief Fund. Tickets range from $20 to $100.
Sandy, the biggest Atlantic storm on record, made landfall near Atlantic City on Oct. 29, knocking out power to more than 8.5 million customers in 21 states and killing more than 100 in the U.S., including 42 in New York City.
Others joining the benefit include the Rangers’ Brian Boyle, Jeff Halpern and Steve Eminger; the Flyers’ Braydon Coburn and Jody Shelley; the Toronto Maple Leafs’ James Van Riemsdyk, a Middletown, New Jersey, native; the Washington Capitals’ John Carlson; the Buffalo Sabres’ Ville Leino; the Anaheim Ducks’ Bobby Ryan, who is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ James Neal, according to the New York Post.
Boardwalk Hall was built in 1929 and completed a renovation in 2001. It holds as many as 14,770 people for concerts and also hosts some games for the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League, a New Jersey Devils’ affiliate.
The NHL, unable to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, locked out the union on Sept. 16. A total of 327 regular-season games through Nov. 30 have been canceled, including the annual outdoor Winter Classic.
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