Found November 23, 2012 on With Leather:
Won't someone please think of the Ice Girls?Not like they really needed it, but we can add yet another reason to support the NHL players as we enter Day 70 of the NHL lockout – they’re good human beings. New York Rangers center Brad Richards and Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell got together and decided to partner with Caesar’s Atlantic City to create a charity hockey game known as “Operation Hat Trick”, which won’t feature many of the league’s best players, but it will showcase some guys who want to play a little hockey and raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Somewhere, an NHL team owner wiped his ass with a $100 bill and stuck it to an orphan’s cheek.According to Richards:“It’ll be a real, 60-minute game,” Richards said. “The focus will probably be more on the offensive side. But we’ll put on a good show for the fans.”Wouldn’t it be nice if this incredibly generous act led both sides of this lockout to finally sitting down for an entire day and hammering out a 50/50 deal, instead of the owners trying to find any and every way to take as much money from the players as possible? Haha, I know, that was my funniest joke of the year.The game will be played tomorrow at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recognizes that while it sucks for players and fans that there probably won’t be a 2012-13 NHL season, that’s a far cry from the pain that people in New York and New Jersey, among other states have been dealing with.“It’s not only the hockey fans. You want to pay back to people working in the community around New York and people that got hit by this storm,” said Lundqvist, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goalie. “I was not there, but obviously I have a lot of friends who were still there, and I had people move into my place. …“I hope it’s going to be a positive day, and that people who come in to watch the game get some energy and give the people some hope who need it.” (Via Fox News)Unfortunately, unless you actually attend the game – and you should if you’re in the area and tickets are available, because we like helping people – you won’t be able to watch it. But if you want to close your eyes and pretend like you’re watching, here are the lineups:Team New YorkForwards Brad Richards, Rangers; Bobby Ryan, Ducks; Corey Perry, Ducks; Daniel Alfredsson, Senators; James Neal, Penguins; Ville Leino, Sabres; Brian Boyle, Rangers; Taylor Pyatt, Rangers; Jeff Halpern, Rangers; Arron Asham, Rangers; Matt Martin, Islanders.Defensemen Dan Girardi, Rangers; Marc Staal, Rangers; Steve Eminger, Rangers; Mike Komisarek, Maple Leafs.Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers.Team New Jersey/PhiladelphiaForwards Scott Hartnell, Flyers; Steven Stamkos, Lightning; David Clarkson, Devils; James van Riemsdyk, Maple Leafs; Simon Gagne, Flyers; Jody Shelley, Flyers; Wayne Simmonds, Flyers; Justin Williams, Kings; Daniel Carcillo, Blackhawks; Steve Downie, Avalanche.Defensemen Andy Greene, Devils; Kimmo Timonen, Flyers; Braydon Coburn, Flyers; P..K. Subban, Canadiens; John Carlson, Capitals.Goaltender Martin Brodeur, Devils.I guess the only remaining question is will Tay Stevens be there? Come on, Tay. The people need you.The post Could A Charity Game End The NHL Lockout? appeared first on With Leather.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Brad Richards Front And Center With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, Brad Richards, the son of lobster fishers in Prince Edward Island, joined the Rangers just 17 months ago, but he is definitely a New Yorker now. In the days after Hurricane Sandy, he has been a frequent volunteer in hard-hit parts of the city, gutting flood-damaged homes in Queens and helping to organize a benefit hockey clinic on...

Around the Farm: Kreider nets two in Whale win

Chris Kreider got on the board in a big way last night, leading the Whale to a 7-5 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Kreider had two goals, one of which was the game winner. Matt Gilroy also netted two goals (one on the powerplay), while Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, and Tommy Grant netted one goal a piece. The Whale powerplay was 1/4, while their penalty kill was just 1/2...

Richards is Ready for Tonight

Just arrived in Atlantic City with @hlundqvist30 and @jneal_18.Looking forward to getting in to some game action tonight! #OpHatTrick — Brad Richards (@BRichards_1991) November 24, 2012 ...hope everyone who is lucky to attend has a great time. If you do, definitely send me pics so I can post on the blog. E-mail me nyrfan94@yahoo.com. Remember to follow me on Twitter...

Richards Role In Hurricane Sandy Recovery Done in Anonymity

Jeff Klein at the New York Times takes a look at the huge role Brad Richards has taken in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort in New York. All of which has been done without any publicity coming from his end. Here's Matthew Long, a retired New York firefighter, who lost his Breezy Point home in a fire discussing Richards' contributions... “Brad told me, ‘I just...

Nash Injured Again; Del Zotto Gets Goal & Assist

Rick Nash apparently has sore groin. Not believed serious. Out of lineup for precautionary reasons. — Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) November 23, 2012 ...i understand it's only precautionary, but I'm really getting sick and tired of blogging about Ranger players getting injured overseas. Not that it matter because they'll have a year to recover anyway. In some...

Rangers struggle abroad

We know Ryan McDonagh is back in the US and we know Carl Hagelin has terminated his deal with his hometown team back in Sweden. We also know Rick Nash has had his own injury issues despite scoring at an impressive rate in Switzerland. It goes without saying that the NHL is the best league in the world when they’re actually playing hockey. So why then are so many Rangers players...

Locked-out Lundqvist finally finds game to play

Henrik Lundqvist finally found a game to play. It won't be under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, or in front of a hostile crowd in Philadelphia trying to rattle the man in the red, white and blue mask. But it will be meaningful and rewarding in a unique way. Like players and fans all across North America and the world, the New York Rangers goalie misses the NHL...

NHL players help Sandy victims

Locked-out NHL players hit the ice Saturday night to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist made 57 saves in the Operation Hat Trick charity game at Boardwalk Hall to help Team New York beat Team New Jersey 10-6. Tickets ranged from $20 to $100, and the players' equipment will be autographed and auctioned off. The proceeds are earmarked...

Lundqvist joins Sandy benefit game

Henrik Lundqvist finally found a game to play. It won't be under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, or in front of a hostile crowd in Philadelphia trying to rattle the man in the red, white and blue mask. But it will be meaningful and rewarding in a unique way. Like players and fans all across North America and the world, the New York Rangers goalie misses the NHL...

Expect Hurricane Sandy Charity Game to Be Intense

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record was able to speak with some Rangers participants of tonight's Operation Hat Trick charity hockey game in Atlantic City on the atmosphere... “I think it will get intense,” Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger said. “I think it’s a different feeling than an All-Star type game. There’s not going to be hitting or fighting. But I think because...

Team Richards 10, Team Hartnell 6

Henrik Lundqvist had 57 saves and pretty much single handedly won the game for Team Richards in front of a soldout crowd of 10,792 in Atlantic City. But that doesn't really matter. What does, is the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for victims of Hurricane Sandy. I think this post game pic taken by good friend of the blog Stefanie A. says it all... TheNYRBlog...

Kreider Nets Two in Whale Win

Two goals apiece for @chriskreider and Matt Gilroy as @ctwhale rally for 7-5 win in Bridgeport — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 24, 2012 This was Kreider's first multi-goal game as a pro. He has three goals in the last two games to give him four on the season. Here's video of Kreider's second goal... Four of Gilroy's five goals this season...

NHL players raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims in Atlantic City charity game

Thirty-two NHL players got together in Atlantic City Saturday night and gave fans a little more than hockey to cheer for.   A charity hockey game — dubbed Operation Hat Trick — featured Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Brodeur, Brad Richards and a host of other NHL stars from all over the league and helped raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There was no lockout at...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.