Saturday November 24, 2012: Atlantic City, NJ: A sold out Historic Boardwalk Hall chanted “We Want Hockey” throughout the night, well, on this night they got hockey. It was a charity game raising money for the victims that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. All the proceeds from the game were going to the NJ Hurricane Relief Fund, the Empire State Relief Fund and the American Red Cross. Caesars Atlantic City teamed up with Brad Richards of the Rangers and Scott Hartnell of the Flyers to put the event together.
A quick look at the two team’s: Team New York: Vinny Guadagnino (coach – Jersey Shore star) Brad Richards(Captain), Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Ville Leino, Jeff Halpern, James Neal, Brian Boyle, Matt Martain, Taylor Pyatt, Daniel Alfredsson, Arron Asham, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Steve Eminger, Mike Komisarek and Henrik Lundqvist. Team New Jersey: Rick Tocchet (coach) Scott Hartnell (captain), Steven Stamkos, Wayne Simmonds, Daniel Carcillo, Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, David Clarkson, James Van Riemsdyk, Jody Shelley, Steve Downie, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, PK Subban, John Carlson, Andy Greene and Martin Brodeur.
10,792 fans were treated to a very exciting hockey game, with some of hockey’s biggest star’s. James Neal would get team NY out to a quick lead netting his first of four goal’s at 2:51 of the first period. Neal would score again at 6:55 of the first period and Team NY would just be too much for Team NJ on this night. New York’s netminder Henrik Lundqvist was looking to be in play-off form standing on his head stopping 56 of 62 shots that he faced. Brad Richards and James Neal skated very well together, of course they did play together for three years in Dallas. When the dust had cleared Team New York would get the victory 10-6.
All the game worn jersey’s from the game will be auctioned off by Steiner Sports. Proceeds from all the jerseys will go to the Hurricane victims.