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Operation Hat Trick

In late October, the East Coast of the United States was devastated by the effects of super-storm Sandy. While almost a month has passed since the storm, the effects are still ever present in the New Jersey and New York areas. People have lost their homes, and some still do not have working electricity. No amount of preparing could have prepared some of Hurricane Sandy’s victims.

There have been a lot of charity and aid relief fundraising occurring in the last 30 days, but there is still more to be done, and that’s where hockey comes in. With the NHL STILL in a lockout, players are antsy to get back on the ice and Operation Hat Trick is giving them the chance with a charity game played in Atlantic City this Saturday to benefit those who have suffered at the hands of Sandy.

Players who have been invited to play in this game reside in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, so Flyers fans are sure to recognize a few names. Like ex-flyer Todd Fedoruk (who is co-founder of the organization), Scott Hartnell, James Van Riemsdyk, Kimmo Timonen, and more.  Cherry Hill native Bobby Ryan is also going to be in attendance.

JVR spoke to the media and talked about how this will be an emotional event for him. As most fans know JVR grew up rooting for the Flyers most heated rivals, The New York Rangers, and is from the Jersey Shore area, so it is no surprise that he is stepping up with other players to help those in need. Ryan who is also from the area most effected by the disaster is sure to have similar feelings.

Despite what is going on with the collective bargaining agreement negotiations  these players are putting that aside to focus on a more pressing matter. Hockey gives back and it’s makes fans proud to see our guys doing good in the community.

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