If I’d planned better, I would have made it to Atlantic City for the Operation Hat Trick charity hockey game on Saturday night. As it was, I couldn’t find any pants to fit me after Thanksgiving and it’s really tacky/cold to wear a hockey jersey as a dress. Luckily, other people with cameras were there.
The event, created by Scott Hartnell, Todd Fedoruk and Joe Watson from the Caesar’s resort group, featured teams of NHL players in a charity fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief. It sold out Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to nearly 11,000 fans – most of them Rangers and Flyers fans. They got to see…
James Neal score four goals. Get it, baby.
Photo by nealwithit18.tumblr.com
Brad Richards and Scott Hartnell were the team captains, which is an impressive amount of hockey hair leading the charge. Just for Ashley (@a_rake), here’s a photo of Brad doing #longhairdontcare with his helmet off:
Team Richards won 10-6, thanks mainly to King Henrik doing what he does (second) best – goaltending. He made 56 saves!
His first and most appreciated talent will always be just being this:
Remember when we were brainwashed and liked Stamkos’ long hair?
I’m so glad those days are over. Also, Steven is a wonderful human being who signed a puck for a girl whose sign said:
from Puck Daddy
WAITWAITWAIT. I just have to write something and he’ll do it?
How long can the sign be? Can I have more than one sign? Are there kids in this audience? They can’t read anyway, right?
Now if someone could talk to iCarly about his hair…
Though there’s something quite Roman gladiator-esque about this look that works for him. I’m thinking shield, bronze kilt, thighs.
And of course, Scott Hartnell. He and I really have the same hair. I’m just not lucky enough to be ginger.
Now back to the good part. These two photos are from Instagram (kirstenfrances) via Tumblr, and she should get credit for having such an eye for perfection. We don’t know her, but we love her.
This scored four goals. Just take a moment to soak it all in.
Bravo to everyone who contributed their time and effort to make Operation Hat Trick a success, and it sounds like a lot of fun. There’s talk of another charity game, perhaps in NYC, perhaps when I have stopped eating 9000 calories a day or have purchased snow pants to wear. Either way, it’s a field trip.
Photos from the event were a bit limited. If you’ve got good ones, let us know!Tags: brad richards, Henrik Lundquist, james neal, John Carlson, scott hartnell, steven stamkos