There will be NHL action once again on December 19th. Well, sort of.
Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban will be leading two teams of NHLers in a charity game that will take place at Maple Leaf Gardens. The Maple Leafs played at the Gardens from 1931 to 1999, but recently the facility has been converted into a grocery store and the Mattamy Athletic Centre, where the University of Ryerson hockey team plays.
The game is being played to benefit the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams fund, as well as RBC’s Play Hockey project. The Goals and Dreams fund was created in 1999 and has dedicated more than $21 million to grassroots hockey all over the world.
Other players scheduled to participate are James Neal, Logan Couture, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek, Kris Versteeg, Niklas Kronwall, and John-Michael Liles.
Tickets go on sale Thursday for $25 and it’s for a very good cause. A positive hockey story never hurts these days with the constant daily disappointment’s of the lockout. And think of it this way, when is the next time you can go see Phaneuf, Kessel, Komisarek, and Liles for only $25?