Operation Hat Trick Charity Game Features Marquee NHL Players

By David A. Cattai
Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Many fans have wondered how great the Philadelphia Flyers would be if they could have held on to players that have left the franchise. They have also wondered about what other players from opposing teams would look like playing on their favorite team. Well Saturday night at 7 PM, Flyers’ fans will get some of those questions answered.

Flyers’ forward Scott Hartnell, along with the help of New York Rangers‘ forward Brad Richards and Caesars Atlantic City, have created the charity event ‘Operation Hat Trick‘ that will be held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. All proceeds from this game will go to relief funds which help aid New York and New Jersey families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The two rosters for Saturday’s Game look like this:

For team Philly, Hartnell has assembled some star studded power along with current Flyers’ players Wayne Simmonds, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn. Some notable non-Flyers’ include the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s Steven Stamkos, former Flyers Simon Gagne, James van Riemsdyk, Justin Williams and Daniel Carcillo. In net will be one of the greatest goalies in NHL history, Martin Brodeur.

Richards also has a lot of star power in his lineup for team New York. His roster consists of current Rangers’ teammates Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Giradi and Marc Staal. Some of the notable non-Rangers’ are Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, James Neal and former Flyers’ forward Ville Leino.

Though this game does not count for anything, it is still the first sign of professional hockey in the Tri-state area. This game will not only be for a good cause, but also will allow for fans to see their favorite NHL stars return to the ice. Look for this game to be close in score but also a lot of fun.

David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Flyers with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies for Buzz On Broad.

Follow me on Twitter @DCattaiSports for all Flyers, Phillies, NHL, and MLB sports updates.

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