It’s a day Chicago Blackhawks have been waiting for: seeing members of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship team playing together again.
Adam Burish, Former Blackhawk and current member of the San Jose Sharks, organized “Champs for Charity”, a game pitting the “Chicago Stars”, or former and current Blackhawks players, against “the world,” made up of other players from around the league. The game is set to be played at Allstate Arena, home of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, on October 26.
All proceeds from the game will be given to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northern Illinois, specifically the Ronald McDonald House associated with Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Burish is hoping to raise $250,000 for the charity.
The main reason for the game was simple: to reunite the old Cup team. “We can get guys from the Cup team back together and kind of make it into a reunion,” Burish said at a press conference in Chicago on Wednesday. “You get the best of both worlds: you give back to a good cause and get a game with your best buddies together.”
For the Chicago team, players will include Burish, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer, Jake Dowell, James Wisniewski, Ben Eager, Kris Versteeg, John Madden, Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd.
The World team will include Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson, Al Montoya, Ryan Suter, Ville Leino, Mike Brown, Tom Gilbert, Jared Boll and Alex Goligoski. If those names weren’t enough, there’s talk that Burish is trying to lure none other than Sidney Crosby to participate.
Tickets for the game, priced from $10 to $500, can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.
The old Cup team may be reunited for only one night and one game, but Blackhawks fans will take it.