While the NHL remains in full-blown lockout mode, the doors to the Cornwall Civic Complex were wide open Monday night for a charity tilt involving some top hockey stars.
A crowd of 4,800 turned out, on relatively short notice from a marketing perspective, to cheer on NHL players from the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins in a charity game to benefit the Max Keeping Foundation.
Daniel Alfredsson’s Team White defeated Jesse Winchester’s Team Black 13-9. Proceeds from the night (patrons were charged $20 a ticket) went to the First Assist Charity and the Max Keeping Foundation. The charity tour will continue on to Thunder Bay next Monday, followed by a three-game tour of the Northwest Territories the following week.
There were just nine skaters a side Monday night, which kept the hitting and speed to a minimum.