Thursday, November 15, 2012

Locked out NHLers to play in AC for Hurricane Sandy relief

Breaking news not lockout related from The twitter feed of Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly:

"Scott Hartnell, Brad Richards, Dan Carcillo et al will be in Atlantic City, Sat, Nov. 24 for 'Operation Hat Trick' game for Sandy Relief ...This charity game sponsored by Caesar's Hotel Casino."

Panaccio additionally reported later on Thursday that Kimmo Timonen, along with former Flyers James van Riemsdyk and Simon Gagne will attend, as will South Jersey native and Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan.

Here's the full scoop from the veteran scribe.

Say what you want about the players involved, the nobility of the cause, and the money that's backing the venture, but if the game is contested at Boardwalk Hall, expect there to be roughly 10 times more cash raised than actual attendance. That's especially true when tickets are going for anywhere between $20 and $100 a pop, because, you know...charity!

In fact, editorially speaking, don't even go. Just send the money, which, as usual, is only supposed to wind up in the hands of the American Red Cross and other entities geared specifically towards Sandy relief. You'll thank me for saving you an hour-plus trip.

The venerable venue played like an echo chamber at best, a mausoleum at worst when the Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL skated there from 2001-05. Last year's AHL All-Star festivities fell with a thud, atmospherically-speaking, due to the total lack of spirit as a hockey arena.
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