House9 brings NHL stars to Shelburne
After all, the pro line-up that stepped onto the ice in the Friday game were there in support of the House9 Hockey Foundation and just their presence on the ice was enough to bring out fans to watch them play.
There was no need for the pros to unleash their regular season talent on the Relics.
But it was a fun game to watch with 13 National Hockey League players taking part to support the program that helps young players participate in organized hockey regardless of their financial situation.
Players included Colby Armstrong of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mark Bell of the Anaheim Ducks. Kyle Quincey of the Colorado Avalanche. David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils. Daniel Carcillo of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Scott Thornton from the Los Angeles Kings. Boston Bruins’ Jamie Tardiff. And Aaron Downey, Brad May, Cory Emmerton, Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith, and Thomas McCollum, of the Detroit Red Wings.
The team’s played two twenty minute periods of friendly hockey followed by an autograph session in the lobby were fans could meet the stars.
The event also included a silent auction and featured autographed jerseys up for bid.
Several bands performed outdoors after the game in the music festival part of the evening.
Performances by Atlantis Blue Print and Larry Melton rocked the crowd into the early morning hours.
House9 was established in 2008 and provides equipment or paying registration fees so grant-eligible children can participate in minor hockey.
Founding director, Aaron Downey, formerly of the Detroit Red Wings, played his minor hockey years in local arenas and was on the Red Wings when they won the Stanley Cup in 2008.
The Foundation is administered by volunteers and raises funds through donations, sponsorships involving dozens of local companies, and events.