The roster for the Charity for Champs exhibition game set to take place tomorrow night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. has been released. There are two teams–Champs and World–facing off against one another, with the Champs team being composed primarily of players who were part of the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup champion team. (This includes players like Brian Campbell, Andrew Ladd and Adam Burish, who were part of the ’10 team but have been traded to various other squads since then.)
However, the Champs lineup also features guys like Jim Vandermeer, James Wisniewski and Joe Corvo, who were not part of the 2010 team, though Vandermeer and Wisniewski have past stints in Chicago on their resumes.
Corvo’s former Boston Bruins teammates, Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell, will be part of the World team. Current Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo is also on the World roster. Ryan Suter, who was one half of the big Fourth of July contract signings by the Minnesota Wild, is also going to represent World.
Patrick Kane, part of the Champs team, recently signed with Switzerland’s EHC Biel but delayed his travel to Europe because he wanted to play this game. Biel respected his decision.
More than 8,000 tickets to this game have already been sold and there are still other tickets available, although reportedly all the VIP seats are gone. Interested fans can buy tickets online through Ticketmaster or visit the Allstate Arena box office.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities for Chicago and the Northwest Indiana area will benefit from this game and the players hope to raise $250,000 for that worthy cause. Burish dreamed up this idea, perhaps inspired by the traveling tournament for charity that is still going on up in Quebec.
It’s also nice to see big-name, top- and second-line types playing, but also the fourth-liners, guys like Thornton and (Gregory) Campbell who may not be the first choice for cash-strapped European teams looking to take on NHL talent.
Here are the full rosters for the teams per Chris Kuc from the Chicago Tribune:
Kris Versteeg; Andrew Ladd; Jake Dowell; Jim Vandermeer; James Wisniewski; Joe Corvo; Craig Anderson; Jonathan Toews; Patrick Sharp; Adam Burish; Brian Campbell; Patrick Kane; Troy Brouwer; Craig Adams.
Ville Leino; Jamal Mayers; Antti Miettinen; Jared Boll; Mike Brown; Shawn Thornton; David Gilbert; Alex Goligoski; Ryan Suter; Kimmo Timonen; Greg Campbell; Niklas Backstrom; Daniel Carcillo; Bobby Ryan; Jordan Staal.