Legends Charity Game means a win for the Human League
by Randy Pascal
Even in the midst of a fun-filled exhibition hockey game, their competitiveness shines through.
Trailing a collection of midget and junior players who are veterans of the Cambrian Hockey summer loop 11-10 with under a minute to go, the NHL Alumni
pulled their goalie, netting the equalizer with just six seconds remaining Wednesday night at the McClelland Arena.
Yes, this drama involved the Legends Charity Hockey Game in support of The Human League Breakfast Club and Play programs. Despite the
relaxed setting of a fundraising event, hockey players of all ages still like to win.
Of course, the big winners on the night remained the Human League Association, raising some $ 10,000 towards their local programs in support of children
in Greater Sudbury.
"About a year ago, we were looking at trying to bring something new and exciting to Sudbury to help out with our fundraising efforts," said Human League
President and CEO Rod Larocque.
"Every single player that we approached gave us thumbs up right away with this venture," Larocque added. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and the
staff of the Human League, we're just delighted that these people have come forward to help make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children here
in Greater Sudbury."
Current NHLers Andrew Brunette, Nick Foligno, Zack Stortini and Andrew Desjardins were joined by NHL alumni Ron Duguay, Drew Bannister,
Craig Duncanson and a host of other players with a sprinkling of professional hockey and/or post-secondary hockey experience.
Facing off in a lengthier game than some might have expected, the more experienced athletes were opposite a selection of players from the Sudbury Jr
Wolves and local Midget AAA ranks, including recent OHL draft picks Tyler Bertuzzi, Jacob Smith and Marco Lizotte.
The game is one of a handful of events being hosted in conjunction with the Playing 4 Change festivities in Sudbury, with the 14th annual
edition of the NHL Legends of the Game Golf Charity Classic nearly completely sold out at both the Timberwolf and Cedar Green golf courses.
Larocque did note, however, that roughly one thousand tickets remain available for the Kelly Clarkson concert set for Saturday night at the