From The Gazette


Pierrefonds rink will host charity event that will bring out NHL stars, past and present

A Pierrefonds indoor rink complex will be the site of this year’s Hockey Helps the Homeless fundraiser, a national charity event where ordinary players get to live their hockey dream while raising money for a good cause.

This year, the Montreal edition will take place March 22 at Sportplexe 4 Glaces, a Pierrefonds Blvd. sports complex with three NHL standard-size rinks, each of which has seating for 315 spectators. Organizers are trying to raise $200,000 for local homeless shelters.

If you can skate and handle a stick, you can join the fun, said Marsha McFadgen, a Toronto-based organizer of the event. All participants – no matter their level of play – will get a chance to play that day with NHL hockey stars, past and present, she said.

Two NHLers are assigned to each team that hits the ice and, this year’s roster includes Vincent Damphousse, Guy Carbonneau, Stephane Richer, Karl Dykhuis, Georges Laraque and PJ Stock.

Anyone interested in participating can sign up as a single player or as a team. Each participant has to raise a miniumum of $350 and, cover his or her registration costs – $150, which includes a jersey.

Last year’s Montreal event benefitted the Old Brewery Mission, Dans la Rue, Mission Bon Accueil, Chez Dora and the Benedict Labre House.

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