Newark, N.J. - New Jersey Devils legend Ken Daneyko helped a great cause by setting up a hockey game between North American Legends and Russian Legends to benefit Sandy relief. The charity game comprised of former Devils players including Daneyko, Brendan Shanahan, Jim Dowd, Bruce Driver, Chris Terreri, Claude Lemieux, and Sergei Brylin.
The game ended with a score of 7-6 in the Russian’s favor. Andrei Kovalenko fueled the Russian team with a hat trick, but the goal was not about the score.
During the intermissions, the players removed their jerseys and auctioned them off to the crowd.The jerseys had “New Jersey” and “Sandy 2012″ on the front, then the players name and a town affected by the storm on the back. Brendan Shanahan’s jersey sold for $2,500.
Jim Dowd, a Brick native who now resides in Point Pleasant Beach, was very happy about both taking part and the outcome of the game. Dowd said, “it was a good feeling” to be a part of the game.
This is not the only game that has been devoted to Hurricane Sandy relief. Just across town, the Newark Bears sent all proceeds from their opening day game to the Restore the Shore fund.
During the lockout, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers held a game at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to benefit Sandy relief.Many Rangers, Flyers, and other players around the league including New Jersey natives James van Riemsdyk and Bobby Ryan took part in the game.
It is a great thing to see the NHL and other sports teams around the area support those who lost everything during the storm.
Personally, I am extremely happy about the outcome of the game, many family members and friends were affected by the storm. Also, going to school down the shore, I see damage almost every day including the non-existent boardwalk in Long Branch.