Oct 30, 2012; South Kingstown, RI, USA; Water from the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy covers a portion of Roy Carpenter

"Operation Hat Trick" Hurricane Sandy Relief Event

There are many people still suffering from the huge devastation brought unto the Eastern seaboard by Superstorm Sandy.  Fortunately, NY Rangers forward Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers have combined their efforts to organize a charity hockey game benefitting victims of the massive storm.  The event has been dubbed “Operation Hat Trick” and will showcase some of the NHL talent that fans have been deprived of due to the ongoing lockout.  If you attend the game next Saturday November 24th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, you can expect to see the following players: Bobby Ryan, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, James van Riemsdyk, Simon Gagne, Ville Leino, Daniel Carcillo, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern, Brian Boyle, Jody Shelley, John Carlson, Taylor Pyatt, Steve Downie, Wayne Simmonds, and James Neal.  It was initially reported that Drew Doughty would be playing in the charity event as well, however it has been confirmed by Darren Dreger that Doughty will be unable to attend on the 24th.

December 19, 2011; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) and forward Simon Gagne (12) celebrate a goal by forward Dustin Brown (23) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

So far the only LA King confirmed to play in the charity event is Simon Gagne.  This is not surprising noting Gagne’s long time affiliation with the Flyers organization and the city of Philadelphia.  Scott Hartnell, one of the creators of Operation Hat Trick, probably still has Gagne’s phone number from their playing days together on South Broad Street.  It is good to see at least one Kings player representing the franchise at the relief event.  So many people were impacted by the storm and if there was ever a time for players to take a break from CBA negotiations to come together for a good cause, it would be now.

Tickets will range from $20 to $100 for the 7pm start in Atlantic City and Ticketmaster has even agreed to waive its processing fees for the event.  Proceeds from the game will go directly to three organizations: Empire State Relief Fund, New Jersey Relief Fund and the Red Cross that will allocate money efficiently to people who need it the most.  For more information please visit the official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticCityHeroes

UPDATE: Justin Williams has been added to the roster for Team Philly and will play alongside teammate Simon Gagne. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry, members of the cross-town rival Anaheim Ducks, will suit up on the other side with Team NY. View the full lineup here.

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