Along with the upcoming outdoor games hosted at Soldier Field in the “Hockey City Classic, ” there will also be a Blackhawks Alumni event in order to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and it features some familiar Blackhawks faces.
Former Chicago Blackhawks such as Jamal Mayers, Adrian Aucoin, and Eric Daze, will take part in a celebrity hockey game for “Unite on the Ice” Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. The event is an evening of celebrity hockey and open skate activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Other NHL alumni– including Hall-of-Fame Blackhawks legend and coach Denis Savard, former Blackhawk Brian Noonan, and former NHL players Gino “The Tank” Cavallini, Steve Maltais, and Jose Charbeneu – will all participate.
Former Hawk Eric Daze had this to say about the opportunity:
“It’s going to be a really fun event and very exciting, for a great cause. It’s going to be a lot of fun for us to be playing outside like we did when we were kids.”
TEAM SAVARD Coach: Dennis Savard
1 Paul Cavallini 14
2 Jose Charbeneu 20
3 Adrian Aucoin 33
4 Kerry Toporowski 77
5 Phil Russell 5
6 Jamal Mayers 22
7 Ted Drury 18
8 Dave Mackey 26
9 Steve Maltais 11
10 Anders Sorenson 75
11 Dave Karpa 33
12 Brianna Decker 14
13 Steve Sarauer 24
14 Justin Lewandowski 27
15 Alex Rigsby (G) 33
TEAM SILVER Coach: Jeff Silver (Coyote CEO)
1 Gino Cavallini 17
2 Bob Nardella 7
3 John Varga 14
4 Grant Mulvey 22
5 Reid Simpson 33
6 Kevin Doell 21
7 Steve Martins 26
8 Eric Daze 55
9 Brian Noonan 10
10 Megan Bozek 9
11 Ray Eichenlaub 18
12 Marko Loncar 57
13 Taylor Hustead 27
14 Brian Bicek 10
15 Aaron Shellberg (G)
For a Great Cause
All proceeds will be benefiting St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. Proceeds from the open-skate sessions, plus raffles and auctions for the chance to win signed memorabilia and prizes, will all benefit the kids of St. Jude.
Open to the Public
Admission to the event will be free.
There will also be three open skate sessions along with raffles and auctions for signed memorabilia and prizes, as well as photo opportunities with some of the game’s greatest players and local celebrities.
On Thursday night, the public can purchase tickets to skate at 5:45, 6:45 or 10 p.m. Each session is 45 minutes, and there is a maximum of 250 people allowed on the ice per session.
“People will get the opportunity to skate on the ice at Soldier Field for $15, which is a bargain, ” said Drew Russell of InterSport- the marketing company producing the “Unite on the Ice” event.
The ice rink will remain open for about ten days after the game for various youth organizations and sponsored events.
This is a great way to get your children outside for the chance to skate on the ice at the City of Chicago’s historic landmark, Soldier Field. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Hockey City Classic
The inaugural Hockey City Classic was held in 2013 at Soldier Field and it featured Notre Dame vs. Miami and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. Last year it was moved to TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the Gophers took on Ohio State.
This year, they are hosting two more games:
#9 Miami vs. Western Michigan at 3 p.m.
Michigan State vs #13 Michigan at 7 p.m.
The Hockey City Classic is pretty much the college version of the NHL’s “Winter Classic” or “Stadium Series, ” and it has had a lot of success in years past. The 2013 event at Soldier Field drew about 50, 000 fans and they hope to duplicate that level of attendance again. Alcohol will be sold and tail-gating will be in full swing for both games on Saturday if you choose to attend.