Champs for Charity generates $300K thanks to NHL stars
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Champs for Charity game that featured locked out NHL stars reportedly generated $323,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, the event organizers announced Sunday.
Originally conceptualized by San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish, the Hockey exhibition drew 11,649 fans to AllState Arena.
The World Team, which was composed of foreign NHL players, beat the Chicago natives 16-15 in an entertaining shootout affair.
“It’s amazing for the fans here in Chicago, the Ronald McDonald House, all the sponsors. They did a great job putting this on. To be able to raise that kind of money, it’s something that’s pretty special,” Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer told the Washington Times.
The charity game featured a play fight between Dan Carcillo and Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster.
“This is a pretty cool event for all of us. We don’t get the chance to play in the NHL right now,” Burish said. “This is the closest thing any of us will [have]. We’ll get to that in the next few weeks, and hopefully the games come back. But in the mean time this is pretty darn cool that you guys all showed up.”