NHL, Coyote Alums and Hollywood Celebs Face Off to Raise Funds
February Hockey Game will Benefit Coyote Amateur Hockey Assn.,
And will focus on the importance of Concussion and Brain Injury Awareness
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. A collection of some of the greatest NHL’ers to ever lace up the skates, along with some of Hollywood’s best hockey players will face off on February 15 th to raise money for local youth hockey players as well as a concussion-awareness, treatment and prevention efforts. The first annual NHL Alumni – Celebrity “Play for the Gray” Benefit Hockey Game will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb 15th at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, AZ. Proceeds will benefit CAHA (Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association) as well as Banner Health’s Concussion Awareness program.
The game will pit a group of Phoenix Coyote’s alumni against a team of NHL vets. Each team will also include some Hollywood celebrities known more for their acting and entertaining than their ability to skate and shoot.
Film and TV star, Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) will lead the list of celebrities coming to the Ice Den for Friday’s game. Thicke has been playing hockey since childhood and has continued to do so with a large group of celebrities and former NHL’ers in the LA area for years. Scheduled to join Thicke is fellow actor Chad Lowe (Miracle) along with ex-NHL and Coyotes Greats as well as local celebrities.
Scheduled to play for the NHL alumni team are Reed Larson, Al Iafrate, Cliff Ronning, Dennis Polonich, Dave Babych, Jamie Huscroft and Earl Ingarfield. Coyote alumni players include Greg Adams, Sean Burke, Tyson Nash, Dave Ellett, John Anderson and Dave Tippett. Teams will also feature 96.9 The MIX’s Mathew Blades and Coach Amy Murphy, Channel 15 newsperson.
While the event is fun for the whole family, CAHA wants to stress the importance of concussion prevention and get the message across to the young athletes and families. “Concussion education, awareness and prevention are the most important pieces of equipment we can give our young athletes today,” said Mike De Angelis, head of the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association, “it’s a gift that will last a lifetime and we’re proud to be playing a part.”
In Arizona, nearly 45,000 residents visited emergency rooms as a result of traumatic brain injuries. Concussions, a mild form of brain injury, were the fourth biggest sports story across the AP wire this year. “The only thing we enjoy more than kids playing sports is kids that play with an awareness and understanding of concussion prevention and recovery,” said Dr. Paul Dabrowski, medical director for Banner Good Samaritan Trauma Services.”
Tickets are on sale at http://www.coyotesice.com/alumni-tickets and http:// www.playforthegray.com. They can also be purchased at the Ice Den during the week, including the day of the game. The game will also be streamed live and will be played on the 26 TV screens in 18 Degrees neighborhood Grill http://www.18-degrees.com