NHL stars to play in Hurricane Sandy charity game in Atlantic City

Scott Hartnell and Brad Richards have organized a Hurricane Sandy relief hockey game in Atlantic City.

Scott Hartnell, Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Simon Gagne and others will meet at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall next Saturday night for Operation Hat Trick, a charity hockey game to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.

The game will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 and tickets are on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Prices range from $20 to $100 and tickets can be purchased through the Boardwalk Hall box office or through Ticketmaster. You can follow updates on Facebook.

The full list of confirmed players, which will likely (?) grow: 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.

Ticketmaster even waived their crazy fees for the event, which is great, and you have the option fo donating an extra $5 to the American Red Cross for Sandy relief when you hit the checkout page. All proceeds from the game will benefit Sandy charities in New York or New Jersey and the American Red Cross.

The AHL's Albany Devils host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Boardwalk Hall the following day, so you could easily turn next weekend into a hockey weekend.

Atlantic City was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy...

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... and the economic toll the hurricane laid on the town was particularly crushing. The casino industry shut down for four days before, during and after the storm, a blow that could force layoffs and could even result in the brand new Revel resort defaulting on its massive debt. The tourism industry at the Jersey Shore will no doubt take a hit next summer as well, not to mention the thousands still homeless from the storm's effects.

Heading to Atlantic City next weekend for some refreshing live hockey and staying in a hotel along the shore would be a great way to help support a place that desperately needs it.

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