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Players called Chicago charity game “pretty special”

Oct 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp

Plenty of NHL stars gathered for Chicago’s “Champs for Charity” game on Friday, raising $323,500 for causes in the process.

As various players told the Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno, it also helped raise the players’ spirits.

“It really hits you how much you miss it. It really makes every player here really want to get out playing,” Jordan Staal said. “It felt like it was pretty darn loud. We haven’t heard too many fans. That was really special.”

Troy Brouwer was the player most responsible for putting the event together, which he believes had very promising attendance.

“Everyone’s kind of in different places in their lives right now,” Brouwer said. “And for everyone to kind of drop everything and come in for the weekend and do something like this, it shows that the guys really care about these charities and these foundations and the thing that we’re trying to raise money for.”

Being in front of a crowd brimming with fans again didn’t hurt, either.

“Spirits have been a little low, obviously,” Ryan said. “I think the guys kind of needed it.”

  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Oct 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Good intentions, but this isn’t helping to address the main issue.

    You guys need to get back to the bargaining table, same as the owners. TELL FEHR TO EITHER ENGAGE IN NEGOTIATIONS OR GET THE F&@% OUT OF THE WAY.

    -Stop worrying about PR. (We’re all disgusted with both sides anyway.)
    -Stop acting like “it’s ALL their fault” (The NHLPA approved the cap circumventing deals they presented)
    -Stop allowing pride to dictate negotiations.

    JUST NEGOTIATE!

  2. sportsfan69 - Oct 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I concur! Stop this PR crap and sit down negotiate with the owners. Put your pride and emotions aside. Life isn’t perfect, it’s full of comprises.

  3. davebabychreturns - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It’s funny seeing the fans go after players for not negotiating.

    So far not negotiating has seen either the two sides in a stalement or the owners make massive concessions from their original offer this summer.

    What reason would the players have to “just negotiate” (ie. to force the owners into an agreement by making massive concessions themselves) at this point?

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